Bicycle Friendly Businesses in all 50 states
In celebration of National Bike to Work Week, the League of American Bicyclists welcomes 34 new and renewing Bicycle Friendly Businesses (BFBs). They join 1,343 businesses in all 50 states and the District of Columbia that have earned BFB status.
“As we celebrate National Bike Month and Bike to Work Week, the League of American Bicyclists is excited to recognize a new class of businesses that are making their communities safer, happier, healthier and more sustainable through bicycling,” said Amelia Neptune, Director of the Bicycle Friendly America program. “We’re thrilled that the Bicycle Friendly Business program has surpassed 2,000 applicants and that we now have BFBs in every state.”
This year, Hawaii gained its first BFB with National Weather Service Honolulu and Central Pacific Hurricane Center, which earned a Bronze award. Florida had a first, as well, with Mack Cycle and Fitness in South Miami garnering the state’s first Platinum award.
Many BFBs stand out for their creative ways of promoting biking to work. Mahlum Architects, a new Bronze BFB in Portland, OR, has an employee commuter map, that “includes a bicycle icon at each employee addresses on the map, so people can see which colleagues who ride to work live near them and encourage a commuter buddy system.”
New Gold BFB, Bronson Methodist Hospital in Kalamazoo, MI, “offers $5 for every 50 miles that any employee rides to work and has rewards for anyone that joins the Bike2Work Club. We also reward employees if they meet goals that they set to bike or walk to work. Any Bronson employee can also ride any Kalamazoo bus for free and in 2016 we had over 11,000 rides by Bronson employees. We have seen a large crossover between our Bike2Work Club and Bus2Work Club with employees taking the bus to work then riding their bike home.” (The image below is from their Bike to Work Week flyer from 2016.)
Another Michigan business, Brewery Vivant in Grand Rapids, rose from Silver to Gold BFB status this round. The brewery offers two bicycle-related incentives for employees. “The first is our Greg Brown III Helmet Reimbursement Program. Greg was an employee who was hit while riding and while he spent months recovering, ultimately his helmet saved his life. We offer a $50 reimbursement for a helmet purchase in his honor. Our second incentive program is a 50% reimbursement up to $250 for active related purchases. Employees have used this program for new bikes, parts and cycling apparel.”
Short Stack Eatery in Madison, WI, a new Silver BFB, hosts events to promote downtown Madison alternative transportation, partnering with local organizations and media outlets. “We offer participants of events free Bicycle Benefit stickers, custom maps with bike parking, routes, bus stops and shared bike programs. We also do participant giveaways featuring bike-related trivia.”
Bikespot, a new Gold BFB in Anacortes, WA, encourages new riders to join their group rides, which are “leisurely and geared toward the ‘casual’ rider who may be intimidated by club rides. We attract more riders in street clothes than the lycra-clad. Our rides usually incorporate a fun activity in addition to the ride itself. For example, in December we did a Christmas Light Ride, where we pedaled around different neighborhoods to check out their holiday displays.”
Planning firm Dover, Kohl & Partners in Coral Gables, FL, a new Silver BFB, participates in a county-wide bike mentorship program as part of WHEELS Florida. “We offered experienced bicyclists from our office to help and mentor new and inexperienced bicyclists, women, Spanish speakers and people of all ages to feel more comfortable on their bikes. (Their “Executive Parking Lot” is pictured above.)
Congratulations to all 34 new and renewing Bicycle Friendly Businesses being recognized this round!
To apply for bicycle-friendly recognition for your business, or to learn more about the BFB program, visit bikeleague.org/business.
The Bicycle Friendly Community℠, Bicycle Friendly State℠, Bicycle Friendly Business℠ and Bicycle Friendly University℠ programs are generously supported by program partner Dero Bike Racks and League members. To learn more about building a Bicycle Friendly America, visit www.bikeleague.org/BFA.
The League of American Bicyclists is leading the movement to create a Bicycle Friendly America for everyone. As leaders, our commitment is to listen and learn, define standards and share best practices to engage diverse communities and build a powerful, unified voice for change.