With bicycling becoming even more popular across the U.S — well, actually, it is starting to skyrocket — people are starting to recognize that biking is the ticket to health, mobility, freedom, and fun.
While support for biking is growing throughout communities and universities as an alternative mode of transportation, businesses are also jumping on board to actively support bicycling for their employees.
To help encourage bicycling and pave the way for a better, healthier future, the American League of Bicyclist has created a list of Bicycle Friendly Businesses (BFBs).
Some of the bigger named companies recently honored in this list include Facebook, Angie’s List, General Mills, Apple, and the Hewlett-Packard (HP).
Last week, the League recognized 71 new BFBs for their role in pedaling America toward greater prosperity and making their businesses welcoming to bicyclists.
With the new addition of recognized businesses, the total number of BFBs is almost 500 businesses across 42 states and the District of Columbia.
“Businesses are the engine of our economy, but more and more companies are realizing the bicycle can be a powerful catalyst for increased profits, reduced health care costs, happier employees and more customers,” says League President, Andy Clarke.
“We’re excited to see the most innovative minds in technology, retail, and manufacturing voting for a more bicycle-friendly America and making significant contributions to our economic growth by promoting healthy, sustainable transportation.”
Bicycle-friendly businesses encourage a more bicycle-friendly atmosphere for employees and customers alike. Through cost-effective investments, BFBs attract, reward and retain staff that are not only healthier and happier, but more productive, driven and passionate about the work they do and the communities they live in.
Here are some of the companies from the most recent round of awards and their level of bike friendliness:
- Facebook (Gold)
- Apple, Inc. (Silver)
- Burton Snowboards (Silver)
- Hewlett-Packard Company (Silver)
- Amway (Bronze)
- Angie’s List (Bronze)
- General Mills (Bronze)
- William-Sonoma Inc. (Bronze)
Click here for the list of Fall 2012 awards.
Click here for the full list of all Bicycle Friendly Businesses.
Facebook, which was honored with the Gold level BFB, is just one example of how a large company can make a huge impact to enhance the workplace, contribute to the community, and improve its overall earnings.
“We’re honored to receive this award from the League of American Bicyclists,” says Jessica Herrera, Facebook’s Transportation Manager. “Over the years, we’ve focused on providing sustainable, green transportation alternatives to our employees, as well as helping our local neighborhood do the same. These efforts have included providing bicycles to our employees to use on or off campus, helping to re-stripe the roads around our neighborhood for the safety of cyclists in the area, and offering bicycle repairs onsite. Our employees are enthusiastic about these efforts, many choosing to cycle to work each day and others participating in events such as Bike to Work Day. We’re proud to support these initiatives and look forward to more opportunities to help in the future.”
Companies like Facebook are no stranger in leading the way in innovation, and this is a prime example of how a business can have a positive impact on their employees and communities.
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