Lets Create More Bicycle Friendly Businesses!

Bicycling is good for businesses and their employees, and we are thrilled to be not only the FIRST Iowa firm recognized by the League of American Bicyclist as a Bike Friendly Business – Gold Level – but the ONLY Iowa business on the list! Impressive biking for a design firm in the middle of the Midwest, however, we’d like to see more businesses participating!

The Bicycle Friendly Business (BFB) program is sponsored by the League of American Bicyclist and recognizes employers for their efforts to encourage a more welcoming bike-friendly atmosphere for employees, customers, and the community. Deserving businesses are recognized at the Bronze, Silver, Gold and Platinum levels depending on their commitment, initiatives and involvement. Since 2008, over 1,400 businesses have earned the title; currently there are 1,118 businesses in all 50 states and the District of Columbia that hold a BFB designation.

Here is a list of Bike Friendly Business (BFB)

RDG was an early adopter of bicycling in the workplace, driven by a handful of staff with a passion for cycling as recreation, training, socializing, and transportation. Leadership supported that small core group of staff who were advocates for cycling, health, and sustainability, all elements important to our design thinking.  The change in our workplace culture was a grassroots initiative that was quickly supported (and shared) by leadership.

Some of the initiatives we were able to accomplish include: building a shared culture; creating a sense of civic responsibility; attracting and recruiting talent; connecting to the Bike League;  learning and growing and building a better practice; and influencing the community. We believe strongly in supporting organizations that align with our mission and the Des Moines Bicycle Collective is one of those organizations.

“The Des Moines Bicycle Collective works to make bicycling approachable, affordable, and accessible for everyone in our community. They operate a do-it-together community bike shop in the East Village, but three years ago realized they needed actual office space to build their education and advocacy efforts.   

RDG was quick to offer us complimentary space in their building, as they do with a number of local nonprofits. It’s been a huge asset to us, and for far more than just saving money on rent.  It includes logistical issues like quick help with technology issues or equipment. More importantly, it’s an opportunity to trade ideas with others interested in street design, public services, downtown business development, and healthy living. It’s helped us build collaborations with the Downtown Chamber of Commerce, the Healthiest State Initiative, and many others.” – Jeremy Lewis – Executive Director

We’re excited about growing culture and improvements in the workplace!  We continue to talk to other businesses about the BFB program, in hopes, to create a network of businesses that can learn from each other.  Ultimately, the more businesses that become BFB then a growing constituency will emerge to advocate for a more bike-able community. For more information on how to become a Bicycle Friend Business, please  contact Cory Scott, at cscott@rdgusa.com

Remember to attend the Iowa Bike Expo!

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