Bike-friendly businesses are helping to encourage Huntsville’s fastest growing form of transportation: bicycling. Why?
Biking is Good for Business
Bicycling to work helps reduce your company’s carbon footprint. Not only does a bicycle not require gasoline, but it also has a more environmentally-friendly manufacturing process.
Bicycling supports a thriving network of local small businesses on a neighborhood scale.
Bicycling reduces your need for motor vehicle parking. Typically, twenty bicycles can fit in the same space as one car.
Healthy employees are more alert, more productive, and perform better and more efficiently.
Biking is Good for the Community
Commuting to work/school by bicycle significantly reduces greenhouse gas emissions and local air and water pollution generated by motor vehicles.
Biking helps promote a healthy citizenry. Portland’s huge investment in biking is expected to save the city $400M in health care by 2040. (source)
Bicycling reduces traffic congestion. An MIT study conducted in Lyon, France found that bikes were actually faster than cars during rush hour! (source)
Bicycling promotes a positive, connected community. Not everyone can get a driver’s license (or wants one), and the cost of purchasing, insuring, and maintaining a car is out of reach for a lot of people. Other than walking, bicycles are the most cost-effective transportation on the planet.
How to Make Your Business More Bicycle Friendly
Offer indoor or outdoor bicycle storage. Learn more about the different bicycle storage options on the BicyclingInfo.org website.
Have a Walk & Bike to Work Day/Week/Month (National Bike to Work Day/Month occurs in May of each year)
Sponsor a Bike to Work Day breakfast
Offer shower facilities and/or changing lockers for employees who bike to work
Use or offer delivery services by bicycle
Offer discounts for customers who bike
Establish a bicycle-friendly dress code for employees
Have bike tools and a pump on hand for employees that bike to work