Thursday, September 25, 2008

LAB Announces Bicycle Friendly Business Winners

The Bicycle Friendly Business (BFB) program recognizes employers’ efforts to encourage a more bicycle friendly atmosphere for employees and customers. The program honors innovative bike-friendly efforts and provides technical assistance and information to help companies and organizations become even better for bicyclists. This new initiative complements the League’s Bicycle Friendly Community (BFC) program, which has been recognizing cities and towns for their bicycle friendliness since 2003.

The Bicycle Friendly Business program welcomes applications from any business, corporation, organization, association, or nonprofit group with more than two employees. We encourage applications from large and small businesses with single or multiple locations. All of the business’s workplaces must be considered when completing the application.

Completed BFB applications must also include the approval signature of at least one of the business’s leaders.

BFB website has a quick quiz that helps determine if a business should apply by asking 5 questions.

Is your business bicycle friendly? Give yourself a 5 if your answer is yes, and
a 1 if your answer is no. If you score more than 6 points, apply!

Does your business have an action plan to help promote cycling?

Does your business offer incentives for employees to commute to work by bike?

Does your business work with local advocates to improve bicycling conditions for the community?

Does your business provide secure bike parking and showers?

Does your business have a bicycle team or club?

And the first round winners are:

Alta Planning + Design, Portland, Ore
Clif Bar & Company, Berkeley, Calif.
Landry's Bicycles, Boston, MA
Quality Bicycle Products, Bloomington, MN

Community Cycles, Boulder, Co
Ecology Action, Santa Cruz, Calif.
REI - Northbrook, Ill Store

California Giant Berry Farms, Watsonville, CA
EasyStreet Online Services, Beaverton, OR
Roanoke Valley-Alleghany Regional Commission, Roanoke, VA
Santa Cruz Seaside Company, Santa Cruz, CA
Urban AdvenTours, Boston, MA
Whatcom Council of Governments, Bellingham, WA

Honorable Mentions were given to:
Atlassian, San Francisco,Calif.
Beckmann's Bakery, Santa Cruz, Calif.
Geo. H. Wilson, Inc., Santa Cruz, Calif.
National Park Service, Midwest Regional Office, Omaha, NE
Sprinkle Consulting, Inc., Lutz, FL
Vanasse Hangen Brustlin, Inc., Watertown MA