Active Living Blog

How to become a Bicycle Friendly Business (BFB)

Posted: Mar 9, 10:31 AM

BEMIDJI, MINNESOTA (March 9, 2012) – Is your business bicycle friendly? How do you know if it is or not? The League of American Bicyclists offers an awesome program called Bicycle Friendly Business (BFB), providing recognition for businesses who actively promote bicycling. Take a short quiz to determine if your business is bicycle friendly. Here’s a link to the League of American Bicyclists “Is Your Business Bicycle Friendly” quiz. http://www.bikeleague.org/programs/bicyclefriendlyamerica/bicyclefriendlybusiness/pdfs/2010_bfb_scorecard_v2.pdf

Bicycle Friendly Business (BFB) designations are determined twice a year, with a renewal process that takes place once every 4 years to recognize progress.

1) Apply to be a BFB by June 22, 2012 to be considered for a September 2012 designation.
2) Apply to be a BFB in January 2013 to be considered for a 2013 designation (specific dates TBD).

How do I apply as a Bicycle Friendly Business? Apply online. The application is 9 pages long, so plan to spend a little time filling it out; however, it’s easily accessible by following this link: http://www.bikeleague.org/programs/bicyclefriendlyamerica/bicyclefriendlybusiness/pdfs/bfb_application_2012_rm.pdf

Who has already been considered bicycle friendly in the state of Minnesota? According to the League of American Bicyclists website, recognition has been provided for the following Minnesota companies: QBP, Dero Bike Rack Company, Peace Coffee, Penn Cycle, University of Minnesota – Twin Cities, Ameriprise Financial – Corporate Headquarters, Architectural Alliance, Birchwood Café, Capella University, Carmichael Lynch, Clockwork Active Media System, Colle+McVoy, The Green Institute, Blue Cross and Blue Shield Minnesota, Fein Violins, Fresh Energy, Mr. Michael Recycles Bicycles, Park Tool, Ramsey County, Live Green Apartments – Skally Management, Great River Energy, International Business Machines (“IBM”), Northern Brewer, Ltd., and ISJ Hospital and Clinic.

Congratulations to businesses in Minnesota who have already taken steps in the areas of engineering, encouragement, education and evaluation, as described and recognized by the League of American Bicyclists as contributing to making your business bicycle friendly. For more information on how your business might join other Minnesota businesses and businesses across the country to receive a Bicycle Friendly Business (BFB) designation, contact the League of American Bicyclists at #202-822-1333 or info@bicyclefriendlybusiness.org.

People ride bicycles for a variety of reasons and whether it’s for leisure, exercise or as a form of transportation, it’s an excellent way to be “Active Every Day”.

See you on the trails!

Natalie Gille, Bemidji resident and outdoor enthusiast