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More than 40 new businesses make League’s bike-friendly list

Published December 11, 2015

WASHINGTON, D.C. (BRAIN) — The latest list of bike-friendly businesses from the League of American Bicyclists includes companies across 49 states and the District of Columbia. Two states made the list for the first time: Louisiana, with Great Raft Brewing in Shreveport,earning a silver designation, and Oklahoma, with Oklahoma City’s Allegiance Credit Union earning a bronze award.

“I’m excited to see businesses from so many different communities that see value in creating inviting places for people to bike,” said Alex Doty, the League’s executive director. “When we make great places for biking, we create places where people want to work and live and visit.”

Capitol Metropolitan Transportation Authority was designated a gold award for bringing bicycle-friendly transit to Austin, Texas. Over the past 12 months, more than 315,000 customers secured their bike on Capitol Metro bus racks.

For multi-modal commuters, the newest MetroBike shelters feature double-tiered bike racks and bike repair stations.

In Maryland, the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Lab (APL) moved from bronze to silver status this year. While doing so, they quadrupled their bike parking capacity and introduced a bike share program.

The Trek Bicycle Store of Schererville, Indiana, earned a gold designation this year by taking the lead in bike advocacy and education in northwestern Indiana.

“About 10 years ago we wanted to start encouraging the community to become more aware of cycling,” said general manager Paul Jellama.

The store worked with local governments to connect trails and created a volunteer ambassador group. Seeing the need for education to connect newer riders with bike skills and how to use local trails, they changed the focus of their shop rides.

“Now we’re up to six or seven rides a week, all geared toward the beginner. We’re aware that cycling can really change the culture of an area,” said Jellama.

More than 1,090 businesses from across the country have earned the bike-friendly business status over the past seven years. The BFB program recognizes employers for efforts to encourage an atmosphere for bicycling employees, customers and the community with bronze, silver, gold and platinum designations based on the level of bike friendliness.

Check out the League's full list

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