As businesses race to retrofit their buildings, streamline waste policies, and purchase more and more recycling bins, some companies have already targeted a free and easy way to be more environmentally conscious: bicycling.
On Earth Day, the League of American Bicyclists recognized UC Davis with a Platinum Bicycle Friendly Business award for leading America toward a greener future. This was the first application for this honor submitted by UCD, which joins an elite group of only eight businesses to receive Platinum recognition in this category since 2008. UCD is the first college or university to receive this honor.
With the announcement of 63 new BFBs this week in 44 states and Washington, D.C., UCD joins a visionary group of more than 500 local businesses, government agencies and Fortune 500 companies across the United States that are transforming the workplace.
“More and more business leaders are realizing that bicycling is a simple and cost-effective way to move toward a more productive company,” said Andy Clarke, president of the League of American Bicyclists. “Promoting healthy transportation is increasingly attractive to employers and prospective employees — and it’s moving America toward a more sustainable future.”
David Takemoto-Weerts, the UCD Bicycle Program Coordinator, said “We have endeavored to create a safe, efficient and welcoming environment to encourage our campus employees to choose cycling as their preferred commute mode not only because of the health and cost-saving benefits for them, but also because bike commuting reduces demand for additional expensive parking facilities, reduces traffic congestion, and generally makes for a much more pleasant place to work, learn, and do research.”
UCD encourages bicycling as an easy option for transportation and provides amenities such as its innovative Bicycle Education and Enforcement Program, providing more than 20,000 high-security bike racks, restricting almost all vehicles from the central campus, and its full-service ASUCD Bike Barn serving campus cyclists for more than 40 years. Transportation and Parking Services encourages students, staff and faculty to commute using a variety of sustainable travel modes, such as bicycles, through the goClub program. The goClub is an incentive-based program available to UCD affiliates as an alternative to purchasing a single occupant parking permit. Members who regularly commute by bike enjoy free shower facilities, access to an emergency ride home program and complimentary, occasional use parking permits when biking to campus is less practical.
“We are greatly honored to receive this recognition by the League of American Bicyclists,” said TAPS Director Cliff Contreras. “Many campus departments and individuals have contributed so much over the years to enhance the bicycling experience at UC Davis. I’m especially proud of the role our staff has played in this regard.”
Moving forward, UCD will have access to a variety of free tools and technical assistance from the League to become even more bicycle-friendly. When our employees bike, great things happen: improved health and fitness, reduced commuting costs, easier access to parking, and the knowledge that they are making a positive contribution to campus sustainability goals.
To apply or learn more about the free BFB program, visit the League online at bikeleague.org/businesses.