For the second straight year, the League of American Bicyclists (LAB) recognized QBP as a Bicycle Friendly Business. For 2009, the companyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s status increased to Platinum-level, joining AustinÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Bicycle Sport Shop, the Bike Gallery of Portland and New Belgium Brewing Company as the only businesses to receive that designation. Andy Clarke, president of the LAB, presented the award to QBP President Steve Flagg during InterbikeÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Industry Leadership Breakfast at the Sands hotel in Las Vegas Thursday morning.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“WeÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re delighted to highlight QBP and the ways in which they are getting more people on bikes,Ã¢â‚¬Â stated Clark. Ã¢â‚¬Å“In todayÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s challenging economic climate, businesses with healthy, happy and productive employees are going to be the most competitive and the most sustainableÃ¢â‚¬â€the Bicycle Friendly Business program recognizes some of the best examples of this in practice.Ã¢â‚¬Â
According to QBPÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s special projects coordinator Doug Shidell, QBPÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Gold last year was strong, nearly Platinum. Ã¢â‚¬Å“We were happy to be recognized as a Gold-level business,Ã¢â‚¬Â said Shidell, Ã¢â‚¬Å“but knowing that we were so close to Platinum gave us extra motivation to make improvements for this year.Ã¢â‚¬Â Those improvements featured a bike sharing program for employees and increased community support, including helping to launch the Bicycle Alliance of Minnesota.
The LABÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Bicycle Friendly Business Program assists companies in developing bicycle commuting programs and incentives, and recognizes companies that already promote bicycling. Companies or organizations of any size are welcome to apply for a Bicycle Friendly Business designation. Application materials can be found on the LAB website, www.bikeleague.org.