Thursday, April 26, 2012
According to The League, by winning the silver level award, the City of Durham will now have access to a variety of free tools and technical assistance from the League to become even more bicycle-friendly.
“It is an honor to be recognized by the League of American Bicyclists as a Bicycle Friendly Business, and we look forward to more employees bicycling to work,” said City Transportation Department Director Mark Ahrendsen. “We encourage other businesses in Durham to make their sites bicycle friendly for their employees and customers.”
The City of Durham encourages bicycling by employees as an easy option for transportation by providing amenities such as bicycle racks, showers, and lockers, and incentives such as bike safety and maintenance classes. Currently there are about 20 employees who regularly bicycle to work. Several employees are “mixed-mode” commuters, who make part of their trip by bike and part by the Bull City Connector, Durham Area Transit Authority or Triangle Transit buses.
According to Ahrendsen, when employees bike to work, the organization and the employee can experience the following benefits:
• Improved health of employees, potentially resulting in lower health insurance premiums.
• Reduced burden faced by the City to provide and maintain parking spaces for employees who drive to work.
• Increased employee productivity and decreased absenteeism due to a healthier workforce.
• Reduced air pollution and congestion on local and regional roadways due to a decrease in single-occupancy motor vehicle use.