**NEXT APPLICATION DEADLINE IS OCTOBER 11, 2017**
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Bicycle Friendly Business Development
The League of American Bicyclist’s Bicycle Friendly Business initiative was created to give businesses of all sizes, all over America, a set of guidelines, incentives and tools to transform their workplaces.
In addition to Fort Collins’ standing as one of five Platinum-certified Bike Friendly Communities and CSU’s recent designation as one of five Platinum universities, Fort Collins currently leads the US with the number of Bike Friendly Businesses.
Bike Fort Collins has invested in a development program that provides workshops, mentorship, and application support and review to interested businesses. The Bicycle Friendly Business Network team, that provides these services has been critical to Fort Collins reaching its current level of participation. And they’re excited to ramp up the efforts to enlist more businesses, help ranked businesses to keep climbing, and engage platinum-level businesses to share their expertise and experience to continue to shape the culture.
If your business is interested in becoming a Bicycle Friendly Business, please respond to email@example.com and someone from the BFB Network team will get back to you shortly to get the wheels turning.
Bike Fort Collins’ BFB Development program includes:
We can come to your workplace and explain the BFB designation and/or advise your organization on how to become more bike friendly
Assist you with the Bicycle Friendly Business application by helping you complete it and reviewing your draft before submission
Host informational and work sessions for the application
Ongoing support and communications:
Alert you of upcoming deadlines
Featured BFB of the Month
Fort Collins High School
Fort Collins High School’s Cathy Hettleman has been a cyclist ever since she got her first bike at the age of five. There’s a lot to love about riding bikes. The best part for Cathy is the feeling of freedom that comes from doing something under your own power; getting from point A to point B all on your own. It gives you a feeling of control, and “riding makes you feel free.”
Cathy brought her love of biking with her to Fort Collins High School in a town that has a strong bicycling identity of its own. Safe Routes to School is an established city program that teaches elementary and middle school students how to ride and safely interact with motorists. High school students have something else to think about: they can drive. At least, some of them can. Driving is new and exciting for students but Cathy wanted to make sure there were still incentives to keep them riding.
With the support of Nancy Nichols and Sue Hewitt, in December 2015, Cathy applied to have Fort Collins High School designated as a Bike Friendly Business. The school was awarded Silver, making them the first high school BFB in the U.S. They have received a lot of support from the community and worked with the city to provide tools and bike racks for the students. The benefits go beyond the student population too, on a good day there are more than thirty teachers who bike to school, and a core of at least five who commute by bike every day.
There are a lot of benefits to biking, and Cathy wants to make sure students have the skills and knowledge to take advantage of them. It is easier and cheaper to work on a bike than a car, but there aren’t many programs teaching them these skills. There is support for developing a program in the school, but it’s hard if the students aren’t motivated. Cathy knows that students have a lot of freedom of choice and need to be interested before they will learn. She wants to develop a curriculum not unlike a ‘shop class’ for biking maintenance and repair.
There is support for students academically in the front range, but Cathy believes we need more education in trade work. Places where kids can learn skills like how to build and maintain a bike. Not only can this be a career, but for students who may not go to college or who have a disability, this knowledge and skill gives them ownership and responsibility for something. Cathy hopes that the BFB designation will help the community and school springboard into something more for students. Her belief can be summed up in her favorite quote by Jack Cahl, and one we can all live by, “Get a bike, get a life.”
Fort Collins Bike Friendly Businesses