Here at the League, we like to practice what we preach. So a couple of weeks ago, we sat down with the scorecard for the Bicycle Friendly Business program — and rated ourselves.
Safe and convenient bike parking? Check. Incentives to ride to work? Check. Bicycle education materials available? Check. Aside from on-site showers, we were ticking off most of the boxes. But one important thing was long overdue: A group ride.
Yesterday, we happily checked that box. We left the office at 10:30 a.m. and pedaled down a protected cycletrack on 15th Street, cruised along the National Mall, caught up with the Anacostia River Trail and meandered through Capitol Hill before arriving at our lunch destination. Enjoying the gorgeous weather, we talked and laughed — and, yes, took a couple of wrong turns. But after 13 miles of riding (all logged for the National Bike Challenge!) we returned to our desks energized and reinvigorated. Nothing like a group ride to boost morale and keep us all fired up after another successful Bike Month!
Is your business bicycle friendly? Or interested in becoming bicycle friendly? The BFB program can help! Already, more than 400 businesses across the nation have been awarded Bronze, Silver, Gold or Platinus status. Applications for the next round of awards is coming up on June 22. Learn more and apply here.
Carolyn SzczepanskiCarolyn joined the League in March 2012, after two years at the Alliance for Biking & Walking. In addition to managing the League's blog, magazine and other communications, Carolyn organized the first National Women's Bicycling Summit and launched the League's newest program: Women Bike. Before she crossed over to advocacy, she was a professional journalist for nearly 10 years.