The League of American Bicyclists handed out award certifications to businesses they deemed to be bicycle friendly. For this first round of awards, thirteen companies made the cut nationally, including a Gold Medal winner in Berkeley - Clif Bar & Company.
Not winning a full-on award, but gaining ‘Honorable Mention’ status was Atlassian, whose U.S. office is in the Mission (SF), and whose headquarters is located in Sydney, Australia.
Our neighbors in the Santa Cruz area produced formidable results - one Silver, two Bronze, and two Honorable Mentions (4 Santa Cruz + 1 Watsonville). Good work.
The Santa Cruz area did so well, in fact, that they even earned some print in the local daily:
Austin Sherwood, head of advertising for the Boardwalk, wouldn’t dream of driving to work.
The 37-year-old pedals his 12-speed Raleigh the two miles from home in Seabright to the office nearly every day. For Sherwood, it’s part of a healthy lifestyle and a protest to expensive fuel.
For his employer, it’s a way to encourage environmental stewardship and promote alternative transportation among the staff.
“I even do some of my grocery shopping on my bike,” Sherwood said. “With gas prices that high, I had to put my foot down. I only drive my car to go surfing.”
The Seaside Co.’s effort to make bike commuting as easy as driving a car recently landed the company, which owns the Boardwalk, recognition as a “bicycle-friendly business” by the American League of Bicyclists.
Here is the entire list:
California Giant Berry Farms, Watsonville, CA
EasyStreet Online Services, Beaverton, OR
Roanoke Valley-Alleghany Regional Commission, Roanoke, VA
Santa Cruz Seaside Company, Santa Cruz, CA
Urban AdvenTours, Boston, MA
Whatcom Council of Governments, Bellingham, WA
Honorable Mentions were given to:
Atlassian, San Francisco,Calif.
Beckmann’s Bakery, Santa Cruz, Calif.
Geo. H. Wilson, Inc., Santa Cruz, Calif.
National Park Service, Midwest Regional Office, Omaha, NE
Sprinkle Consulting, Inc., Lutz, FL
Vanasse Hangen Brustlin, Inc., Watertown MA
Portland-based Alta Planning + Design, who has done work for SFMTA, won a Gold certification. They have two offices closer to us - Berkeley and San Rafael - but apparently those locations did not get awarded certifications.
Congratulations to everyone on the list, in particular our only San Francisco company - even if it’s only starting with an Honorable Mention - Atlassian!
…adding, the SFBC has offered advice to businesses wanting to become more bike friendly for a long time, now.Leave comment (0)
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