Some businesses go the extra mile when it comes to catering to the East Bay's thriving population of cyclists. From commuter incentives to secure bike locking, local businesses are offering employees and customers alike a reason to arrive on two wheels instead of four.
The East Bay Bicycle Coalition (EBBC) is looking to award these "bike-friendly businesses" with an official title and recognition for their efforts to promote bicycling. Open nominations are being accepted online through March 25, and winners will be presented with awards and complimentary EBBC membership on Bike to Work Day, which is May 10.
According to EBBC, "bicycling is good for business." Employees get energizing exercise, and consumers are unrestrained by the hassles of parking when they visit local shops by bike.
What Makes a “Bicycle-Friendly Business?”
Here’s what EBBC's "Guide to Better Bicycling at the Workplace" suggests companies do to ride ahead:
- Provide secure bike parking for employees, customers, and visitors.
- Display EBBC’s bike maps for employees and visitors to use in selecting good bike routes.
- Participate in the Federal Bike Commuter Program, which offers bike commuting employees up to $20 per month in pre-tax commute benefits for bicycle expenses.
- Offer customers a discount for bicycling to the business.
- Provide shower and locker facilities for bike commuters, or passes to a nearby gym.
- Host a Lunchtime Commute Workshop, which EBBC offers for free.
- Participate in Bike to Work Day.
- Encourage bike commuting employees and staff to take a bicycle safety class.
What's your pick for the most bike-friendly business in the East Bay? Share your thoughts in the comments.