AURORA, Colo. – The city of Aurora is earning national recognition for its efforts to make its campus more bicycle friendly for its employees and visitors to its Aurora Municipal Center campus.
The League of American Bicyclists on Aug. 26 honored the city of Aurora with a Silver Level Bicycle Friendly Business SM award. It’s the first business in Aurora to earn the designation, and the city of Aurora joins 83 other businesses in Colorado who have earned this recognition since it began. With the announcement of 100 new and renewing Bicycle Friendly Businesses today, the city of Aurora joins a cutting-edge group of more than 1,050 local businesses, government agencies and Fortune 500 companies in 47 states and Washington, D.C., that are transforming the American workplace. “Sustainability is a critical component of Aurora’s comprehensive plan, and part of that is supporting alternatives modes of transportation,” Aurora City Manager Skip Noe said. “These efforts include encouraging bike riding to our campus for work or doing business. Grant-funded projects have enabled us to add amenities to make bike riding an easy option for transportation to the campus.”
The city of Aurora provides its employees with bike lockers for storage and access to showers and a place to change following a commute to work. Each year during Bike to Work Day, the city operates an official station to reward bicyclists who ride to work that morning with breakfast and other rewards. This year, the city began offering a series of bicycle lunch-and-learn workshops on such topics as maintenance, safety, trail overviews and more to alleviate fears and boost ridership among employees. In addition, a Kaiser Permanente Walk and Wheel grant is providing funds for the city to add more bike lockers as well as wayfinding signage and bike sharrows on the campus. With this designation, the city of Aurora will have access to a variety of free tools and technical assistance from the League of American Bicyclists to become even more bicycle friendly. The city also has volunteered to provide assistance to any Aurora business interested in applying for Bicycle-Friendly Business recognition.
About the Bicycle Friendly America SM Program
The Bicycle Friendly Community SM, Bicycle Friendly State SM, Bicycle Friendly Business and Bicycle Friendly University SM programs are generously supported by program partner Trek Bicycle Corp. To apply or learn more about the Bicycle-Friendly Business program, visit the League of American Bicyclists online at www.bikeleague.org/business.
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