Bicycle-friendly businesses announced

The League of American Bicyclists forwarded the following press release, announcing 67 new “Bicycle Friendly Businesses” (BFBs), including a couple of Fortune 500 companies, government agencies and others. Here, have a read for yourself:

For Immediate Release

Carolyn Szczepanski

Communications Director

League of American Bicyclists
(202) 822-1333

Bicycle Friendly Businesses Are Booming

New awards boost number of bike-friendly workplaces to more than 400 nationwide

Washington, D.C. – April 18, 2012 – More than 500,000 American employees now work at a Bicycle Friendly Business (BFB), thanks to visionary leadership in the private and public sector. Today the League of American Bicyclists announced 67 new BFBs, who joined the ranks of the 412 local businesses, government agencies and Fortune 500 companies that are transforming the American workplace.

“These leaders are at the forefront of a movement to make American businesses more competitive, sustainable and attractive to the best and brightest employees,” said Andy Clarke, president of the League of American Bicyclists. “An investment in bicycling enhances employee health, increases sustainability and improves the bottom line.”

Bicycle-friendly businesses encourage a more bicycle friendly atmosphere for employees and customers. From Microsoft in Redmond, Wash., to Pepe’s Bistro in Lincoln, Neb., bicycle-friendly businesses are improving the workplace, contributing to the community and improving their overall earnings.

Award winners in this round include:

Fortune 500 companies like AstraZeneca and Rockwell Collins
Major cities, like Indianapolis, Ind. and Durham, N.C.
Government agencies, like the Federal Communications Commission
Nonprofits, like the Nature Conservancy and Outdoor Chattanooga
And major retailers like REI locations in Montana, California and Connecticut

American Family Insurance- Madison, Wis. (Bronze): “Our company improved safe bicycle access to our facility by adding signage to divert bicyclists onto paved bike lanes, installed covered bike parking, increased locker facilities and created a ‘bicycle resources’ intranet site that provides bike route maps, a guaranteed ride home program and other tips,” said Rita Garczynski, facilities site manager. “The company’s support for bicycle commuting has encouraged employees to make lifestyle changes that have resulted in improved health and engagement while having a positive impact on the environment by reducing our carbon footprint.”

Massachusetts Department of Transportation- Boston, Mass. (Bronze): “We’re proud to be the first DOT in the nation recognized as a Bicycle Friendly Business,” said MassDOT Secretary Richard Davey. “MassDOT’s core business is transportation and consistent with our ‘Green DOT policy’ we’re committed to promoting bicycling as a healthy and efficient mode of travel.” Among other innovations and improvements, in 2010, MassDOT launched a pilot bike pool, so employees have the option to ride a bike to a meeting or a site.

Carilion Clinic- Roanoke, Va. (Bronze): “As the region’s primary health care provider, Carilion is dedicated to working with our communities to improve the overall health of the people we serve,” said Nancy Howell Agee, Carilion Clinic’s president and CEO. “Bicycling is one way our employees can improve their own health and be role models for the importance of physical activity in a healthy lifestyle.”

Visit for a full list of Bicycle Friendly Businesses and to learn more. For photos, contacts and additional information on awardees, contact Carolyn Szczepanski, League Communications Director, at (202) 822-1333,

About the Bicycle Friendly America Program

The Bicycle Friendly Community, Bicycle Friendly State, Bicycle Friendly Business and Bicycle Friendly University programs are generously supported by program partners Bikes Belong and Trek Bicycle’s One World, Two Wheels Campaign. Learn more.

About the League

The League of American Bicyclists promotes bicycling for fun, fitness and transportation, and works through advocacy and education for a bicycle-friendly America. The League represents the interests of America’s 57 million bicyclists, including its 300,000 members and affiliates. Learn more.


  1. Justin

    Glad to see the ever growing list!
    But I gotta say, as a former employee of one of the companies in the Bronze category, I wonder about the rigor of their criteria. This was a pretty big company, with many buildings spread across the city. I was in the second largest facility (a couple thousand people in the complex) and there was a bike rack, but that was it. There weren’t even showers there, and when I brought that up to management I was told “there are showers at the rec center you can use”. The rec center was /a mile away/ through very busy roads. There was a bike advocacy group, but it was organized by employees and not (from what I could tell) sanctioned by the company. Perhaps I’m a little jaded about the company having left for greener pastures, but I would say their application to the list was more of a PR move than a genuine “we like bikes” move.

    That being said, I have experience with other companies on the list and I whole heartedly give them a cheer for their honest efforts to convince people that biking is a viable option! Cheers to them!

  2. Ghost Rider

    @Justin, thanks for the insights!

    I suspect this list, and the Bicycle Friendly Universities/Bike Friendly Cities lists, are often a “feel good”/PR/marketing attempt for the applicants, but there are lots of organizations out there who take bikes seriously — and more power to them!

    We should do what we can to support these companies with our dollars. A little two-wheeled goodwill goes a long way in my book.

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