Tips and Best Practices for
Bicycle Friendly Businesses
Offer Bicycle Parking
Install bicycle parking in well-lit,
highly visible areas.
If that's not possible allow employees
to...
About eight to twelve bicycles can
park in the same amount of space as
one car.
One parking option is bike lockers.
Choose the best option for your business
when you look for bicycle parking.
Install Showers
Install showers if your business
doesn't already have them, or work
with local fitness centers to offer
sh...
Offer incentives to employees who pledge to
bike to work.
The following slides have some ideas of
incentives you could off...
Donate money to
a charity for
every mile your
employees bike
Offer flextime or a
fifteen-minute grace
period for bicycle
c...
Provide some company
owned bicycles for
employees to use on short
trips or until they can buy
their own bike.
Use the Bicy...
Make sure your
employees can
get home safely
by offering a
guaranteed ride.
Bad weather, flat tires, or
emergencies can ma...
Offer Lunch & Learn workshops to
inform employees about the benefits of
bicycle commuting, plans for how to
begin a bicycl...
Create a Bike-Buddy Program
If a couple employees can
commute together they will be
more likely to do so.
Create ads for
e...
Help new commuters find routes
Bike routes are
usually much
different than routes
for cars, so keep
that in mind when
plan...
Participate in Bike to Work Week
Getting involved in Bike to Work Week is a great
way to jump start your bicycle commuter ...
Become a Bicycle
Commuter
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  • Tips and Best Practices for Bicycle Friendly Businesses
  • Offer Bicycle Parking
    Install some parking racks in well-lit highly visible areas close to the front of the parking lot. If you can't install parking racks right away allow employees to bring their bike inside and store it in a locker or beside their desk.
    Fun Fact about Bicycle Parking – About eight to twelve bicycles can park in the same amount of space as a single car.
    Offer parking for bicyclists
    Install bike racks, lockers, or allow cyclists to bring their bikes inside the building to store near their workplace
  • Offer Shower Facilities
    If you already have showers available for employee use that's wonderful! If you don't find out what it would take to install them in your office. If that is unfeasible work with a local gym to offer shower-only or discounted gym memberships for your employees. Also be sure to inform employees about any public showers available nearby.
    If your business requires formal attire some employees may not be sure how they can do that and bike to work. Offer storage so employees can bring a week's worth of clothing to change into after arriving at work.
    Offer Shower Facilities
    Install showers if your business doesn't already have them, or work with local fitness centers to offer shower-only or discounted memberships
  • Create a Bicycle Commuter Incentive Program
    Offer benefits for employees who pledge to bike to work. Benefits you could think about:
    Offer flextime or a fifteen-minute grace period for bicycle commuters.
    Provide travel reimbursement (.10/mile) for bicyclists.
    Allow employees to earn .25 hour vacation time per day of bicycle commuting.
    Provide a pool of company-owned loaner bikes for employees that cannot purchase their own immediately and for short trips.
    Provide reimbursement for purchase of a bicycle and accessories.
    Work with local bike shops to offer discounts to your employees when they bring their bike in for maintenance.
    Recognize employees for their dedication by giving awards to those who bicycle commute the most.
    Donate money to an organization for every mile that employees commute
    Create a Bicycle Commuter Incentive Program
    Offer incentives to employees who pledge to Bike to Work such as reimbursement for bicycle or biking accessory purchases
    Offer unique incentive programs
    Donate a certain amount to charities for each mile employees ride on their bikes
  • Offer a “Guaranteed Ride Home” program
    Some extreme situations make it impossible for bicycle commuters to ride home such as mechanical failure, bad weather, or emergency at home. If this happens then bicycle commuters may be given a ride, borrow a company car, or get their cab fare reimbursed.
    Create a “Guaranteed Ride Home” program
    Have a guaranteed ride or reimbursement of cab fair if a bicycle commuter has some sort of emergency or can't ride home because of bad weather
  • Inform your Employees about the benefits of Bicycle Commuting
    Offer a lunch and learn workshops to inform employees about the benefits of bicycle commuting and inform them on how to choose the correct bike and maintain it properly. To learn more about these workshops check out www.bikeiowa.com or www.iowabicyclecoalition.org.
    Educate your employees about the benefits of bicycle commuting
    Offer lunch and learn workshops to inform employees about the benefits of bicycle commuting, plans for how to begin a bicycle commute, bicycle maintenance, and bicycle safety.
  • Create a Bike-Buddy Program
    If a couple employees can commute together they will be more likely to do so. Create ads for employees to get in touch with each other to begin bicycle commuting together.
    Create a Bike-Buddy Program
    Encourage employees to commute with each other by offering ads to find fellow bicyclists that live nearby
  • Help new commuters find routes
    Use local maps to help new commuters find the route from home to work that will be best for them. Bike routes are usually much different than routes for cars so keep that in mind when planning a bicycle commuter route.
    Help new commuters come up with routes
    Use local maps to help new commuters come up with a good route to work. The route for a bike is usually much different than the route for a car so keep that in mind.
  • Promote Bicycle commuting by becoming a bicycle commuter
    Encourage employees to follow your example when you start your commuting
  • Bike To Work Business Presentation

    1. 1. Tips and Best Practices for Bicycle Friendly Businesses
    2. 2. Offer Bicycle Parking Install bicycle parking in well-lit, highly visible areas. If that's not possible allow employees to bring their bikes inside.
    3. 3. About eight to twelve bicycles can park in the same amount of space as one car.
    4. 4. One parking option is bike lockers. Choose the best option for your business when you look for bicycle parking.
    5. 5. Install Showers Install showers if your business doesn't already have them, or work with local fitness centers to offer shower-only or discounted memberships If your business requires formal attire some employees may not be sure how they can do that and bike to work. Offer storage so employees can bring a week's worth of clothing to change into after arriving at work.
    6. 6. Offer incentives to employees who pledge to bike to work. The following slides have some ideas of incentives you could offer Bicycle Commuter Incentive Program
    7. 7. Donate money to a charity for every mile your employees bike Offer flextime or a fifteen-minute grace period for bicycle commuters.
    8. 8. Provide some company owned bicycles for employees to use on short trips or until they can buy their own bike. Use the Bicycle commuter tax provision to offer reimbursement for bicycle expenses
    9. 9. Make sure your employees can get home safely by offering a guaranteed ride. Bad weather, flat tires, or emergencies can make a bicycle inconvenient for getting home. Offer a “Guaranteed Ride Home” Program
    10. 10. Offer Lunch & Learn workshops to inform employees about the benefits of bicycle commuting, plans for how to begin a bicycle commute, bicycle maintenance, and bicycle safety Educate your Employees about the benefits of bicycle commuting
    11. 11. Create a Bike-Buddy Program If a couple employees can commute together they will be more likely to do so. Create ads for employees to get in touch with each other to begin bicycle commuting together.
    12. 12. Help new commuters find routes Bike routes are usually much different than routes for cars, so keep that in mind when planning a bicycle commuter route. Use local maps to help new commuters find routes that will work well for them.
    13. 13. Participate in Bike to Work Week Getting involved in Bike to Work Week is a great way to jump start your bicycle commuter program. Encourage your employees to register for Bike to Work Week and offer incentives to those who participate. Create your own events for Bike to Work Week as well.
    14. 14. Become a Bicycle Commuter
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