Is your business bicycle friendly?
Blue Ridge Commuter Connections offers guidelines for getting your business classified as "bicycle friendly":
Bicycling is good for communities, for businesses, and for people. It promotes active, healthy lifestyles, reduces traffic congestion, and improves air quality - and it's fun!
A Bicycle Friendly Business (BFB) is a corporation, organization, association, or nonprofit that actively promotes bicycling for transportation, recreation, exercise, and sport. A BFB practices social responsibility by weaving bicycling into the business culture and gives employees the opportunity to be active stewards of their personal and environmental health through bicycling.
The Bicycle Friendly Business program evaluates applicants' efforts to promote bicycling in four primary areas: encouragement, education, engineering, and evaluation. Examples of these measures include:
Safe cycling access; bike racks for employees and guests; showers and lockers for commuters and lunchtime riders.
Bike-safety programs; mentorship for new commuters; and equipment tutorials.
Benefits for bike commuters; paid mileage for trips made by bike; loaner bikes for errands and short trips; and earn-a-bike programs.
An assessment of what's already being done and what to aim for in the future; in-house bike coordinators; and target ridership numbers. This is also the section to highlight your business's unique programs and policies that promote and celebrate bicycling-from loaner bikes for short trips and in-house spin classes to supporting charity rides and sponsoring bike-racing teams.
Is your business Bicycle Friendly Ready ?
To apply: http://www.bikeleague.org/programs/bicyclefriendlyamerica/bicyclefriendlybusiness/apply.php