Across the United States, the interest in bicycling is skyrocketing—and it’s easy to see why. A bike is a ticket to health, mobility, freedom and fun. Bicycling isn’t just a way to get from one place to another; it’s an avenue to a better life. And when communities, businesses and universities get on board, great things happen.
Imagine your employees arriving at their desks energized, alert and more productive than ever. Picture your healthcare costs plummeting and staff morale skyrocketing. Envision customers flocking to your door instead of the competition. How do you get there? Start pedaling and become a Bicycle Friendly Business℠.
What is a Bicycle Friendly Business (BFB) ?
A Bicycle Friendly Business is a corporation, organization, association or nonprofit that actively promotes bicycling for transportation, recreation, exercise and sport. A BFB practices social responsibility by weaving bicycling into the business culture and giving employees the opportunity to be active stewards of their personal and environmental health through bicycling.
The Bicycle Friendly Business (BFB) program recognizes employers’ efforts to encourage a more bicycle friendly atmosphere for employees and customers. The program honors innovative bike-friendly efforts and provides technical assistance and information to help companies and organizations foster a healthier workplace and become more socially and environmentally responsible. Any corporation, organization, association or public agency or non-profit that actively promotes bicycling, has a distinct workplace outside of the home, and has two or more employees is eligible to apply.
Why apply for the BFB designation?
When bicycling is infused in an office or corporate culture, great things happen. Imagine your employees arriving at their desks energized, alert and more productive than ever. Picture your healthcare costs plummeting and staff morale skyrocketing. The designation showcases your commitment to sustainability, healthy living and accessibility for all. And biking doesn’t just enhance your bottom line—it makes your business a fun, engaging and exciting place to work or shop.
How do I apply?
Fill out the BFB scorecard quiz to see if your business is ready to apply. The City of Raleigh, through our BikeRaleigh program, is available to provide assistance to businesses interested in the BFB program. We’ll provide guidance and help throughout the application process and will continue to work with awardees to implement bicycle friendly programs and practices.