WASHINGTON, D.C. (BRAIN)—The League of American Bicyclists is announcing 63 new Bicycle Friendly Businesses (BFB) and eight renewing BFBs tomorrow at Interbike in Las Vegas during the International Mountain Biking Association (IMBA) Industry Breakfast in the Sands Expo Rooms 106-107.
"This round of awards was especially noteworthy because of the number of awardees and because we're seeing a growing relationship between Bicycle Friendly Communities and BFBs," said Andy Clarke, president of the League. "Typically what is good for businesses is good for communities, in terms of bicycling. We are proud to award three local governments the BFB designation: Bloomington City Hall, IN; Arlington County Government, VA.; and the city of Fayetteville, AR."
There was a 45 percent increase in applications this cycle from the last BFB cycle. "Businesses across the country, from hospitals to telecommunications firms, are using the BFB program to measure their bicycle friendliness and to get the tools they need to better promote bicycling," said Bill Nesper, director of the Bicycle Friendly America program. "The BFB program has inspired companies to use bicycling as a simple way to improve worker health and satisfaction while promoting sustainability and social responsibility." Currently, there are 196 awardees in 31 states that span a wide range of industries.
This is the fifth BFB announcement since the program's inception in 2008 when the League announced the first 13 designees. BFB recipients promote bicycling into their business culture and give employees and customers the opportunity to be active stewards of their personal and environmental health through bicycling.
"BFBs are innovative businesses that demonstrate their commitment to encouraging healthy lifestyles, creating more affordable transportation, and leading the way in sustainable business practices and environmental stewardship," said Andy Clarke, League president.