The League of American Bicyclists’ Bicycle Friendly Business (BFB) program nationally recognizes employer efforts to encourage a more bicycle-friendly atmosphere for employees and guests, such as providing secure bike parking or shower facilities. A BFB practices social responsibility by integrating bicycling into the business culture and giving employees the opportunity to be active stewards of their personal and environmental health through cycling.

Every day, traffic congestion drains commuters of energy while growing commuting expenses reduces their incomes, negatively impacting their outlook on work. Employers can encourage and offer alternatives to employees to change their commuting habits, especially when they are looking to make lifestyle changes to help balance their budgets.

I began my tenure with the City of Raleigh Department of Transportation 15 years ago as a transportation engineer. The department was headed up by Jimmie Beckom, and I reported to the legendary Ed Johnson.

My purview was transportation planning, including streets sidewalks and bicycles. At that time, the city was operating under the framework of a 1991 bicycle plan, which was the basis of the recreational route system that still exists in many parts of the city today. But that plan framework was really more focused on recreation and was not about bicycling as transportation. To make things even more difficult, there was no dedicated budget for implementation.

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