The League of American Bicyclists has released its Fall list of Bicycle Friendly Businesses across the United States.
These are businesses that encourage employees to bicycle to work, and perhaps even offer incentives to ride to work. These businesses sometimes organize staff rides and actively help in building a Bicycle Friendly Community.
These businesses provide safe and secure bike parking, and showers and changing areas for those who ride to work. They also provide a repair area and advocate in their community for dedicated bike paths so employees can commute safely.
These businesses also provide safety information and bike maps, and when possible, encourage employees to attend skills and maintenance classes. Educating motorists about safely sharing the road is another key component.
Finally, the businesses sometimes have a volunteer bike coordinator who coordinates events and surveys co-workers about their commuting habits.
Some upstate businesses and other organizations made the list, but none from the Southern Tier. Still, it is great to see these businesses working hard to achieve this important designation and we hope more local businesses in Chemung, Schuyler, Tompkins and Steuben counties will consider working toward being declared a Bicycle Friendly Business. You can learn what is required to become a Bicycle Friendly Business here: http://www.bikeleague.org/business
The Upstate NY list of Bicycle Friendly Businesses:
- Go Bike Buffalo, a nonprofit agency, with 10 employees.
- Ingalls Planning & Design of Fairport in Rochester, an architecture, planning and design company, with three employees.
- Hart’s End LLC in Rochester, a food retailer in Rochester, with 68 employees.
- R Community Bikes in Rochester, a nonprofit agency, with 80 employees.
- Steinmetz Planning Group in Rochester, a professional services agency, with two employees.
In all, the League of American Bicyclists welcomed 43 new and renewing Bicycle Friendly Businesses (BFBs) to the Bicycle Friendly America program. More than 1,090 businesses from across the country have earned this status over the past seven years.
I know of at least one local business that is bike-friendly: C Tran, the Chemung County bus system.
Jim Arey, the director of the Elmira-Chemung Transportation Council, said most of the buses have bicycle racks that can carry two bicycles. “We have a policy that all new buses will have such bicycle racks. You see bicyclists using the racks on the buses,” he said.
Now it is time for other local businesses to accept the challenge.
What does your business or organization do to encourage and support bicycle commuters? Please respond below, in the comments section!
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