League of American Bicyclists recognize organizations for enhancing employee health, increasing sustainability
Updated April 25
We received additional information from Gary Myers, treasurer of the Blue Ridge Bicycle Club about awards previously given to other bicycle friendly businesses in the area. The League of American Bicyclists gave East Coasters Bike Shop and Share Bike silver awards. The Roanoke Valley Alleghany Regional Commission and Roanoke City received bronze awards from the LAB.
Posted April 18
The League of American Bicyclists recognized three Roanoke organizations as Bicycle Friendly Businesses in the Roanoke Valley. The Roanoke Regional Partnership and Carilion Clinic’s Riverside campus received bronze awards while Norfolk Southern received an honorable mention. The LAB recognizes businesses that improve their workplace and community with bicycle programs and facilities.
Here is a press release from the League of American Bicyclists.
ROANOKE, Va., April 18, 2012 – With Earth Day just around the corner, the League of American Bicyclists has recognized the Roanoke Regional Partnership, Carilion Clinic’s Riverside campus and Norfolk Southern as Bicycle Friendly Businesses in the Roanoke Valley.
They join a visionary group of more than 400 local businesses, government agencies and Fortune 500 companies across the United States, including several already in the region, that are transforming the American workplace.
“Businesses and organizations like the Roanoke Regional Partnership, Carilion Clinic’s Riverside campus and Norfolk Southern are at the forefront of a movement to make American businesses more competitive, sustainable and attractive to the best and brightest employees,” said Andy Clarke, President of the League of American Bicyclists. “An investment in bicycling enhances employee health, increases sustainability and improves the bottom line.”
Bicycle-friendly businesses improve the workplace and contribute to the community. For example, the Roanoke Regional Partnership, which received a bronze award, helps to attract and retain bicycle-centered businesses while promoting bicycling events and races.
Carilion’s Riverside campus, also a bronze winner, encourages bike commuting by providing convenient bike parking, showers and locker rooms. The campus is located on the Roanoke Valley Greenway, which Carilion supports financially. The healthcare leader also uses bicycles at work, including for emergency medical technicians and security patrols, and supports community cycling events.
Norfolk Southern received an honorable mention.
“A bicycle-friendly community has a positive impact on a region’s economic development, quality of life and health of its citizens,” said Beth Doughty, executive director of the Roanoke Regional Partnership. “Being recognized as a Bicycle Friendly Business reinforces the Partnership’s message that this region has a strong outdoor culture.”
“As the region’s primary health care provider, Carilion is dedicated to working with our communities to improve the overall health of the people we serve,” added Nancy Howell Agee, Carilion Clinic’s president and chief executive officer. “Bicycling is one way our employees can improve their own health and be role models for the importance of physical activity in a healthy lifestyle. Besides, we live in such a beautiful place, it’s fun to be outside!”
“As a Bicycle Friendly Community, Roanoke is proud to have three businesses that have already received Bicycle Friendly designations,” said Mayor David Bowers. “The addition of designations for Carilion-Riverside, Roanoke Regional Partnership and Norfolk Southern fit right into Roanoke’s economic branding and demonstrate our community’s desire for a more bicycle-friendly atmosphere for residents, employees, and customers in our city.”
They join the ranks of other Roanoke businesses that have already received the Bicycle Friendly Businesses designation, including East Coasters Bike Shop, Share Bike, and the Roanoke Valley Alleghany Regional Commission.
As part of the designation, the three organizations will have access to a variety of free tools and technical assistance from the League to become even more bicycle-friendly.
To apply or learn more about the free BFB program, visit the League online at bikeleague.org/businesses