Bicycle Friendly Business Program

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 and customers the opportunity to be active stewards of their personal and environmental health through bicycling.

Few steps to become more bike friendly:

  1. Become a Bicycle Benefits member offering discounts to cyclist members
  2. Install a bike rack for customers and employees
  3. Promote Bike to Work day to your employees
  4. Sponsor Bike to Work events or other cycling events or programs in the community
  5. Offer incentives to your employees for biking to work or cycling for fun, fitness and transportation
  6. Provide lockers, place to clean up, possibly shower for employees that commute by bike. 

The Bicycle Friendly Business program through the League of American Bicyclists evaluates applicants’ efforts to promote bicycling in four primary areas:

  • Engineering: Safe cycling access; bike racks for employees and guests; showers and lockers for commuters and lunchtime riders, allows connectivity/right of way access on your property to improve walk/bikeability, walk/ride up window to serve customers, not just a drive up window.
  • Education: Bike-safety programs; mentorship for new commuters; and equipment tutorials.
  • Encouragement: Benefits for bike commuters; commuter tax provision or paid mileage for trips made by bike; loaner bikes for errands and short trips; and earn-a-bike programs.
  • Evaluation: An assessment of what’s already being done and what to aim for in the future; in-house bike coordinators and educators; and target ridership numbers. 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, Bike Month activities or sponsoring bike-racing teams.

Download an overview of what is involved in becoming a recognized Bicycle Friendly Business below.

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