The League of American Bicyclists
Awards Dream Ride Projects
with Bronze Level Bicycle Friendly Business Status
September 16, 2009
The League of American Bicyclists Announces Dream Ride Projects as a Bronze Level Bicycle Friendly Business
Washington, DC – For Immediate Release – September 16, 2009 – The League of American Bicyclists is proud to announce Dream Ride Projects is named as a Bronze Level Bicycle Friendly Business and is one of the 45 new BFB award winners. This is the third time BFB winners have been announced since the program’s inception in 2008 when the League announced the first 13 designees. “We’re delighted to highlight Dream Ride Projects and the ways in which they are getting more people on bikes,” stated League President Andy Clark. “In today’s challenging economic climate, businesses with healthy, happy and productive employees are going to be the most competitive and the most sustainable – the Bicycle Friendly Business program recognizes some of the best examples of this in practice.”
Businesses and organizations that apply for the award designation inspire and encourage their peers. The Dream Ride Projects organization serves as an example for best practices and innovations in bicycle friendliness at the workplace and in the community. Dream Ride Projects promotes bicycling as an easy option for transportation to its volunteers, employees and community colleagues, organizes and supports recreational organized rides that have raised millions of dollars for local charities while also the coordination of free bicycling education programs to the community. As the first business or organization to receive the Bicycle Friendly Business Recognition in Lancaster County, Dream Ride Projects’ Executive Director Mike Ridgeway states, “We hope to use this recognition to encourage and assist other businesses to apply for recognition and to spearhead the effort to have Lancaster County and its Municipalities apply for recognition as Bicycle Friendly Communities. The organization is also supporting the advocacy efforts of the newly formed League of Lancaster Bicyclists group. “We’ve begun working with East Donegal Township recently as they work toward becoming Lancaster’s first Bicycle Friendly Community and we will continue to encourage and work with other municipalities who wish to pursue the Bicycle Friendly Community recognition”, added Ridgeway.
The BFB program recognizes socially responsible businesses that promote healthy, happy, and “green” workplaces and provides a road map to become even more bicycle-friendly in the years to come. “Businesses across the nation are rising to the challenge of reducing their carbon footprint and improving the health of their employees – we are excited to be able to provide a roadmap to help achieve both these goals, and to recognize those companies that are leading the way,” said Clark.
Bicycle Friendly Businesses are corporations, organizations, nonprofits and associations that weave bicycling into their business culture and give employees and customers the opportunity to be active stewards of their personal and environmental health through bicycling. When bicycling is infused in an office or company culture, great things happen: reduced health care costs; more productive employees; improved worker and customer; satisfaction; smaller carbon footprint; and increased corporate social responsibility. See attached or click here for all new 2009 Fall BFB award winners. Click here to view a list of all BFB winners.
Applying as a BFB is easy and free. Applicants receive technical assistance from the League staff as well as tools to evaluate and assess their bicycle friendliness through the application process. The BFB application is available online at www.bicyclefriendlybusiness.org.
The Bicycle Friendly Community and Bicycle Friendly Business programs are generously supported by program partners Bikes Belong and Trek Bicycle’s One World, Two Wheels Campaign.
The League of American Bicyclists promotes bicycling for fun, fitness and transportation, and works through advocacy and education for a bicycle-friendly America. The League represents the interests of America’s 57 million bicyclists, including its 300,000 members and affiliates. For more information or to support the League, visit www.bikeleague.org.
Contact Michael Ridgeway, Executive Director – 717.341.0132 or Mike@DreamRideProjects.org
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