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League of American Bicyclists recognizes Bicycle Friendly Businesses in all 50 states

Published May 18, 2017

WASHINGTON, D.C. (BRAIN) — In celebration of National Bike to Work Week, the League of American Bicyclists welcomes 34 new and renewingBicycle Friendly Businesses. 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.”

Hawaii has gained its first BFB with the National Weather Service Honolulu and the Central Pacific Hurricane Center, which earned a bronze award. Miami’s Mack Cycle and Fitness won Florida’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.”

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.”

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.”

To see the complete list of new BFBs, click here.

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