Is Your Business Contributing to the Bike Commuting Community?

image: US Bicycle Commuting Growth 2000-2010Because most adults spend a majority of their waking hours at work, a sustainable working environment is critical.  The work site, organizational culture and working environment are powerful influences on behavior.   Wellness programs, such as bike commuting,  have been used as instruments to address weight reduction, reduced stress levels, improved physical fitness, health, and well being.   
 
For the third year in a row, data released by the US Census Bureau’s American Community Survey show that more than half of one percent of American workers use a bicycle as their primary mode of transportation to work.   As explained in our eco friendly consulting, bike commuting to work is a valued component of a personal sustainability program.  The post, Top 10 Benefits of Bicycle Commuting Programs for Businesses, explores bike commuting benefits to employers while the post, 10 Reasons to Bike Commute to Work, gives employees ideas and inspiration to ride to work.   But what can a business do to promote and maintain a winning bike commuting culture?   Easy Ways to Become a Bike Friendly Office explains that, but why is this important?
 
A look at the country’s 70 largest cities shows that the communities that have done the most to promote bicycling through engineering, education, encouragement, enforcement, and evaluation – determined by the League’s Bicycle Friendly America program – have seen greater increases in bike commuting over the past decade than non-Bicycle Friendly Communities.  At a time when Congress is debating the future of key funding sources for bicycling projects, these cities are showing what can be done with smart investments, including Transportation Enhancements, and innovative facilities.
 
Your business and employees can get involved.  
  • Recently, Bikes Belong launched a new effort to unite one million voices to improve bicycling in the United States. It simply asks people to sign a pledge in support of biking. The campaign is called Peopleforbikes.org, and the goal is to help make our nation a better place to ride by sending a powerful message to our elected leaders, the media, and the public that bicycling is important and should be promoted.
  • Read the US Census Bureau’s American Community Survey 
  • See the bike commuter estimates for the 375 cities for which the ACS released bike commuter numbers.
 
When people ride bikes, good things happen.  Why?  Because bike commuting is a win-win for both businesses and individuals looking to reduce costs, embrace eco awareness, and adhere to business and personal sustainability programs.

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