On Earth Day the League of American Bicyclists recognized Scott’s Bicycle Centre with a Silver Bicycle Friendly Business award for leading the United States toward a greener future.
With Tuesday’s announcement of 80 new and renewing BFBs today in 29 states and the District of Columbia, Scott’s Bikes joins a cutting-edge group of more than 650 local businesses, government agencies and Fortune 500 companies across the United States that are transforming the American workplace.
“Visionary business leaders are recognizing the real-time and long term impact that a culture of bicycling can create,” said Andy Clarke, LAB president. “We applaud this new round of businesses for investing in a more sustainable future for the country, and a healthier future for their employees.”
In this age of rising fuel costs and weight-related health issues, many in Bradley County are discovering the financial and health benefits of cycling. Scott’s encourages bicycling as an easy option for transportation and provides amenities such as an on-site shower and a secure location to store bicycles during work. It also offers incentives such as bonuses, bike trades and complimentary day use of shop vehicles for employees who choose to commute by bike and find themselves in need of a vehicle to run an errand during the day.
“Recognizing the traffic issues that Cleveland faces and the high cost of fuel, we decided to implement a benefits program to further incentivize employees to eschew driving whenever possible, and choose instead to ride their bikes to work,” said owner Doug Coulter.
In the future, Scott’s Bikes will have access to a variety of free tools and technical assistance from LAB to become even more bicycle-friendly.
“When our employees bike, great things happen: they are more energized and less stressed at work, more positive about life in general, and in the bigger scheme, seeing cyclists on the road encourages more people to get out and ride,” said Coulter.
To apply or learn more about the free BFB program, visit the League of American Bicyclists online at http:/bikeleague.org/ content/businesses.