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New Bicycle-Friendly Businesses, courtesy of the LAB

This showed up in our mailbox yesterday…just in time for Earth Day:

Contact:
Elizabeth Murphy
Communications Manager
League of American Bicyclists
(202)-621-5458
Liz@BikeLeague.org

Businesses Ring in Earth Day with Bicycle Friendly Awards

Texas Instruments joins the more than 500 Bicycle Friendly Businesses

Washington, D.C. – April 22, 2013 — As businesses race to retrofit their buildings, streamline waste policies, and purchase more and more recycling bins, some companies have already targeted a free and easy way to be more environmentally conscious: bicycling.

On this Earth Day, the League of American Bicyclists announced 63 new Bicycle Friendly Businesses (BFB) from across the country that are leading America toward a greener future.

The BFB program has now expanded to 44 states and Washington, D.C., and these new awardees join a visionary group of more than 500 local businesses, government agencies and Fortune 500 companies across the United States that are transforming the American workplace.

Click here for the full list of BFB awardees.

“More and more business leaders are realizing that bicycling is a simple and cost-effective way to move toward a more productive company,” said Andy Clarke, President of the League of American Bicyclists. “Promoting healthy transportation is increasingly attractive to employers and prospective employees – and it’s moving America toward a more sustainable future.”

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.

Award winners in this round include:

Texas Instruments Inc. (Bronze)
Kimberly-Clark Corporation, Neenah, Wis. (Moved from Silver to Gold)
The World Bank Group (Moved from Bronze to Silver)
Peace Corps, Seattle and Chicago offices (Bronze)

Texas Instruments, a new Bronze-level BFB, worked with its local government to secure funding to build a 35-mile trail that will enable employees to bike to work safely, in addition to widening transportation options for those living in the community. TI also has employee representation on the City of Dallas Bicycle Advisory Committee as it updates the Dallas Bike Plan.

“Texas Instruments sees great value in supporting alternative commuting solutions for employees. We’ve invested resources to build bike paths that connect to local trails, added bike racks, repair stations and onsite showers, and created social networks that support TI bike commuters,” said David Thomas, Vice President of Worldwide Facilities at TI. “We want to make it easy for our existing bike commuters to get to work safely and to encourage more employees to try biking to work. We continually seek new ways to educate, encourage and engage employees in safe bike commuting.”

To apply or learn more about the free BFB program, visit the League online at bikeleague.org/businesses

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About the Bicycle Friendly America Program: The Bicycle Friendly America program provides incentives, hands-on assistance, and award recognition for communities, universities and businesses that actively support bicycling, and ranks states annually based on their level of bike-friendliness. 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.

And here is a complete list of the 2013 winners:

2013 Winners:

Platinum:
University of
California, Davis

Gold:
Catalyst Partners
Mad Dog Cycles
SERA Architects, Inc.

Silver:
AllEarth Renewables, Inc.
City of Shawnee
Dealer.com
Go Bike Buffalo
Greenline Wheels, L3C
Intercity Transit
L.L. Bean Boat Bike Ski
Store
Nelson Nygaard
Consulting Associates –
Portland
Nice Ride Minnesota
Nicollet Bike
Patagonia – St. Paul

Bronze:
Animal Bikes
Beaumont Hospital – Royal
Oak Campus
Bike America
Capital Brewery
Central District Health
Department
Champaign Cycle Co.
City of Fort Worth
City of Riverside City
Hall
Connecticut Mental Health
Center
CTA Architects Engineers
Dokken Engineering
Equinox Brewing Co.
FFKR Architects
Gear Up Cyclery
Griessmeyer Law
Indiana University Health,
Methodist Hospital
International Relief and
Development
Kaiser Permanente San
Rafael
KCF Technologies, Inc.
Kimberly-Clark Corp.,
Conway, Ark., site
Memorial Hospital and
Health System
Nelson Nygaard
Consulting Associates:
Boston, New York, San
Francisco and Seattle
sites
Neumann Monson
Architects
New Horizon Bikes
PDC Inc. Engineers
Peace Corps, Chicago and
Seattle offices
REI Santa Monica
Reston Association
Riley Hospital, IU Health
Ringdahl Ambulance
Sixteen Street Community
Health Centers
Skagit Valley Food Co-op
Squire Sanders LLP –
Cleveland
St. Luke’s Health System
Steelcase, Inc.
Texas Instruments, Inc.
The Broken Spoke
Treasure Valley Family
YMCA – Boise
Unico Properties
University Hospital, IU
Health
Urban Engineers
YMCA of Greenville

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

Contact:
Carolyn Szczepanski

Communications Director

League of American Bicyclists
(202) 822-1333
Carolyn@BikeLeague.org

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 bikeleague.org/businesses 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, Carolyn@bikeleague.org.

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.