Today the League of American Bicyclists announces 71 new Bike Friendly Businesses. Among them are some of the Bay Area’s best and brightest companies, such as Facebook, Apple, and Williams-Sonoma.
These uber-innovative organizations join the growing ranks of Fortune 500 companies, government agencies and local businesses in transforming the American workplace with a new focus on bicycles.
“Businesses … are realizing that the bicycle can be a powerful catalyst for increased profits, reduced health care costs, happier employees and more customers,” said Andy Clarke, President of the League of American Bicyclists.
It’s exciting to see so many companies supporting bike programs as healthy, sustainable transportation.
For example, Facebook (Gold-level Bike Friendly Business), Apple (Silver), and Williams-Sonoma (Bronze) all have implemented bike share programs to help their employees travel from building to building. I spotted a happy-looking Williams-Sonoma employee riding along the waterfront in San Francisco just the other day. And the Facebook campus has become a mini Amsterdam, with bikes in constant use.
Facebook has taken many steps to emphasize cycling as a means to enhance the workplace, contribute to the community and improve their overall earnings.
“We’re honored to receive this award from the League of American Bicyclists,” said Jessica Herrera, Facebook’s Transportation Manager, in the League’s release.
“Over the years, we’ve focused on providing sustainable, green transportation alternatives to our employees, as well as helping our local neighborhood do the same. These efforts have included providing bicycles to our employees to use on or off campus, helping to re-stripe the roads around our neighborhood for the safety of cyclists in the area, and offering bicycle repairs onsite. Our employees are enthusiastic about these efforts, many choosing to cycle to work each day and others participating in events such as Bike to Work Day. We’re proud to support these initiatives and look forward to more opportunities to help in the future.”
The winners aren’t content to rest on their laurels. They continue to do more and more to support bike commuting, bike culture and bike community. And we’re here to help them – with everything from bikes to programming – every pedal stroke of the way!
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