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League of American Bicyclists to Announce Fall 2009 Bicycle Friendly Businesses

09.18.2009
Washington, D.C.

The League of American Bicyclists will announce 45 new Bicycle Friendly Business award winners, including two platinum award winners, at the Industry Leadership Breakfast on September 24, 2009 during Interbike in Las Vegas, Nev. This will be the third time BFB winners have been announced since the program's inception in 2008 when the League announced the first 13 designees. "We are delighted so many businesses are using the BFB roadmap to encourage and enable their employees to ride - everyone from two-person neighborhood businesses to major corporations are getting on board," stated League President Andy Clarke. "Companies across the country are recognizing that getting their employees moving - either to or from work, in course of work, or even in their own time - is good for business." Look for a released list of BFB winners the morning of Thursday, September 24 at www.bikeleague.org.

BFB businesses make bicycle friendliness a core element in the workplace and use innovative tools to promote bicycling as an easy and fun option for transportation and recreation. "There are a lot of very simple, effective and creative ways that companies are finding to get people back on their bikes, and we recognize those efforts with our BFB awards," said Clarke. The League encourages businesses to inspire their employees to bike to work by incorporating the fundamentals of the BFB program.

The BFB program recognizes socially responsible businesses that promote healthy, happy, and green workplaces and provides a road map to become even more bicycle-friendly in the years to come. "Companies across the country are recognizing that getting their employees moving - either to or from work, in course of work, or even in their own time - is good for business," said Clarke.

BFB winners provide amenities such as secure bike parking and shower facilities and motivations such as incentives to commute by bike, company bike rides and clubs, and bike to Work Week promotions. When bicycling is infused in a company's culture, great things happen: reduced health care costs; more productive employees; improved worker and customer satisfaction; a smaller carbon footprint; and increased corporate social responsibility. "Bicycling is a readily accessible and practical form of physical activity that has the added benefits of reducing congestion and the need for parking, reducing the carbon footprint of a business, increasing productivity, and raising morale," said Clarke. "It's also great fun."

Applying as a BFB is easy and free. Applicants receive technical assistance from the League staff as well as tools to evaluate and assess their bicycle friendliness through the application process. The BFB application is available online at www.bicyclefriendlybusiness.org.

The Bicycle Friendly Business and Bicycle Friendly Business programs are generously supported by program partners Bikes Belong and Trek Bicycle's One World, Two WheelsCampaign.

To learn more about the Bicycle Friendly Business program and its winners contact Meghan Cahill at 202.621.5452.

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Contacts
League of American Bicyclists
(202) 822-1333
bikeleague@bikeleague.org
www.bikeleague.org

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