The League of American Bicyclists today announced that three Dayton organizations were among the 100 nationwide that have achieved Bicycle Friendly Business status.
Bike Miami Valley, incredibly, got gold status — the second-highest of four levels awarded by the league. Ohio only has six gold-level BFBs, and the other five are all bike shops.
The other two to achieve bronze-level status are the Miami Valley Regional Planning Commission and the National Aviation Heritage Alliance. They join Reed Elsevier-Lexis Nexis, Five Rivers MetroParks and, ahem, Cox Media Group Ohio as regional bronze-level BFBs.
Take it from someone who has applied for a Bicycle Friendly Business status and was thankful to get bronze for the company, starting out at gold status is quite a feat.
Laura Estandia, executive director for Bike Miami Valley, said she was “super stoked” to receive the gold status.
Estandia said she had no idea the three-person office would get such a high rating.
“I really wasn’t sure what to expect,” she said. “Gold was definitely exciting.”
Of course, Bike Miami Valley does have someone on staff with special expertise. Business Development Manager Chris Buck works with businesses on their applications to the League.
“He doesn’t write it for them, but he can give them feedback on their application,” she said.
Aside from its mission to promote bike culture in the region, Bike Miami Valley also has bike friendly policies for its staff, Estandia said.
“The first thing is just having a casual dress code,” Estandia said. “We allow bikes in the office itself, so we have essentially covered bike parking. It’s allowed right at your desk.
“And our mileage reimbursement is only for a trip after the 5-mile mark. So we’re encouraging walk when you can, bike when you can. For the short trips don’t get in your car.”
With the new awards announced today, the league now has more than 1,050 local businesses, government agencies and Fortune 500 companies in 47 states and Washington, D.C., that are “transforming the American workplace,” according to today’s press release.
“The business community’s investment in bicycling is playing a central role in making the country a safer, happier, and more sustainable place to live and work,” said Amelia Neptune, league Bicycle Friendly Business program manager. “We applaud this new round of businesses, including Bike Miami Valley, for leading the charge in creating a bicycle-friendly America for everyone.”