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LAB's new Bicycle Friendly Businesses on Dec 21, 2016

By League of American Bicyclists - December 21, 2016

Washington, DC - The League of American Bicyclists announced 42 new and renewing Bicycle Friendly Businesses%u2120 (BFBs). There are now almost 1,300 BFBs in 49 states and the District of Columbia ranging from local business to Fortune 500 corporate headquarters.

"As these businesses make bicycling a safe and convenient option for transportation they play a vital role in transforming our nation into a safer, healthier and more sustainable place to live and work," said Alex Doty, League Executive Director. "We congratulate and thank this new round of businesses for leading the way in creating a bicycle-friendly America for everyone."

Platinum Bicycle Friendly University, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities is also a returning Platinum BFB. Per Alternative Transportation Manager Steve Sanders, "From our supportive services offered at the Bike Center to the financial rewards that can be earned by our employees, we have built an abiding bicycling culture on campus. The University is a better place because of our support for all aspects of bicycling." The University also sponsors Open Streets events and subsidizes bikeshare membership.

John Hancock's Boston, MA, office was awarded as a new Silver BFB. They offer employees showers, lockers, and discounted bikeshare membership. Per Christina Wiskow, Global Wellness Director, "The most positive outcome is the health and wellness of John Hancock employees. Studies on reduced medical claims, absenteeism, etc. are important to John Hancock's business."

Thrivent Financial in Appleton, WI, is also a new Silver BFB. The company has been an active participant in the National Bike Challenge since its inception in 2011. Thrivent's Christine Cremer said, "Our employee advocacy groups include a Wellness Team and Green Team which has a concentration on transportation alternatives. Together these groups have made great strides in creating awareness of the benefits and joy that bicycling brings to our employees and members."

To apply or learn more about the Bicycle Friendly Business program, visit here.

The Bicycle Friendly Community%u2120, Bicycle Friendly State%u2120, Bicycle Friendly Business%u2120 and Bicycle Friendly University%u2120 programs are generously supported by program partner Planet Bike. Click here to learn more about building a Bicycle Friendly America.