Bicycle Friendly Businesses Show that Bikes Mean Business
From large manufacturers and tech companies, to mom-and-pop shops, hospitals, universities, government agencies and more – there are now over 1,000 Bicycle Friendly Businesses (BFB) across the US! Today, the League of American Bicyclists awarded 100 new and renewing Bicycle Friendly Businesses in 31 states and Washington, D.C. Bicycle Friendly Businesses encourage a more bicycle-friendly atmosphere for employees and customers alike. BFBs attract and retain energized, alert and productive employees, while decreasing healthcare costs.
There are a slew of studies that show the positive economic impact that results from people who bike as well as the infrastructure that is built for them. From spending money at local businesses, to increasing home and property values and improving employee productivity and lowering healthcare costs. Both residents and tourists who ride a bike will often visit more retail establishments and spend just as much or more than people who use other modes of transportation.
“The business community’s investment in bicycling is playing a central role in making the country a safer, happier, and more sustainable place to live and work,” said Amelia Neptune, League Bicycle Friendly Business Program Manager. “We applaud this new round of businesses for leading the charge in creating a bicycle-friendly America for everyone.”
We want to offer a big congratulations to the New York businesses that were awarded Bicycle Friendly Business status for the first time. They are:
- Ingalls Planning & Design is a Silver Level BFB awardee located in Fairport
- Columbia University is a Silver Level BFB awardee located in NYC
- Hart’s East End, LLC (AKA Hart’s Local Grocer’s) is a Bronze Level BFB awardee located Rochester
What other New York State businesses and organizations have achieved Bicycle Friendly Business status?
- Language Dept. is a Gold Level BFB awardee located in NYC
- Go Bike Buffalo is a Silver Level BFB awardee located in (you guessed it) Buffalo
- Nelson Nygaard Consulting Associates is a Bronze Level BFB awardee located in NYC
- Random House, Inc. is a Bronze Level BFB awardee located in NYC
- RCommunity Bikes is a Bronze Level BFB awardee located in Rochester
- Steinmetz Planning Group is a Bronze Level BFB awardee located in Rochester
Why should your organization apply to become a Bicycle Friendly Business?
In addition to the important points listed above, businesses that attain BFB status are promoted by the League of American Bicyclists in a national press release, e-newsletter, blog, and on social media, and they are also included on the League’s Awards Database Map and Connect Locally Map year-round. Their promotions reach hundreds of thousands of people throughout the US. Also, all applicants and awardees receive a comprehensive feedback report to help them improve their business.
If that’s not enough, then remember that your application fee is supporting a great cause which is working to make all of the America more bicycle friendly.
What else do you need to know about the Bicycle Friendly Business program?
The League of American Bicyclists charge a small fee, which is based on your organization’s size. We think the fee is very modest and worthwhile considering the promotion that your business/organization receives, the value provided by the feedback report as well as the value from the BFB program in general since it enables your organization to better understand and formulate an approach to making your business more bicycle friendly.
When are the upcoming deadlines to apply?
The fall deadline to apply for BFB status is October 1, 2015. You can read more about future deadlines here.
Where do you find out more information and apply?
Visit the League of American Bicyclist’s Bicycle Friendly Business page (scroll down to the bottom of the page to preview and/or access the application)
What if you need help with your application? What about creating a plan to make your organization more bicycle friendly?
Contact Amelia Neptune, Program Manager of the Bicycle Friendly Business and University programs, at 202-621-5457 or by email [email protected]
NYBC staff has helped organizations complete their applications and develop plans for becoming more bicycle friendly – If you need support, please email [email protected] and list “Bicycle Friendly Business” as the subject.
While we’ve “remixed” a lot of it, a significant portion of the content above comes from the League of American’s Bicyclist’s website and a press release written by Liz Murphy, Communications Director for the League of American Bicyclists.