BALTIMORE, MD (May 11, 2018) – The League of American Bicyclists recognized the Baltimore Metropolitan Council (BMC) with a Silver Bicycle Friendly Business (BFB) award, joining more than a thousand businesses across the U.S. that have received the award.
With the announcement of 114 new and renewing BFBs, BMC joins a cutting-edge group of 1,200 current Bicycle Friendly Businesses, made up of local businesses, government agencies, and Fortune 500 companies in all 50 states and Washington, D.C., that are transforming the American workplace.
“As we celebrate National Bike Month and the tenth year of the Bicycle Friendly Business program, the League of American Bicyclists is honored to recognize our latest new and renewing Bicycle Friendly Businesses. These companies and organizations are making their workplaces and their communities safer, happier, healthier, and more sustainable through bicycling,” said Amelia Neptune, director of the Bicycle Friendly America program. “We applaud these businesses, including the Baltimore Metropolitan Council, for leading the charge in creating a more bicycle-friendly America for everyone.”
BMC promotes cycling as a fun, healthy, inexpensive, and efficient alternative to Single Occupancy Vehicle commuting through its work as the coordinator of Bike to Work Day and an integral part of the Baltimore region's bicycle and pedestrian planning efforts. As a result, many of BMC's employees choose cycling as their mode of transportation to and from the organization's McHenry Row office. BMC encourages bicycling as an easy option for transportation and provides amenities to employees and guests, such as secure bike racks, a nearby Baltimore Bike Share docking station, and access to post-ride showering facilities.
"Commuting is a personal choice that we all must make, and BMC aims to provide facilities and amenities that open up its employees and guests to options that work with their lifestyles," said Michael B. Kelly, executive director of the Baltimore Metropolitan Council. "As a result, our employees are more in touch with the regional needs of commuters - whether they're traveling on two or more wheels."
Moving forward, BMC will have access to a variety of tools and technical assistance from the League to become even more bicycle-friendly. When our employees bike, great things happen: We help to decrease our region's carbon footprint, reduce health care costs, connect with the community, and promote a fun and healthy work culture.
To apply or learn more about the BFB program, visit the League online at www.bikeleague.org/business.
About the Bicycle Friendly America Program
To learn more about building a Bicycle Friendly America, including the Bicycle Friendly CommunitySM (BFCSM), Bicycle Friendly StateSM (BFSSM), Bicycle Friendly BusinessSM (BFBSM), and Bicycle Friendly UniversitySM (BFUSM) programs, visit www.bikeleague.org/BFA.
The League of American Bicyclists is leading the movement to create a Bicycle Friendly America for everyone. As leaders, our commitment is to listen and learn, define standards and share best practices to engage diverse communities and build a powerful, unified voice for change.