Bicycle commuters are healthier, happier and more productive employees. Bicyclists have lower rates of absenteeism and make 14% fewer health insurance claims. Furthermore, many businesses are finding that bicycle facilities, programming and incentive policies represent pennies on the dollar compared to expanding parking capacity at a work site.
The BizCycle credit list represents an objective, quantitative and research-based criteria for what increases bicycle commuting. For example, an Infrastructure credit requires a ratio of one shower for every 10 bike commuters. If a workplace meets this ratio, it gains the credit. If it doesn't meet this ratio, it knows exactly how many showers would meet the needs of its current number of bike commuters. Credits not earned in either the self-assessment or in your final certification score create a clear and detailed "to-do" list for how your organization can improve to more effectively feed the benefits of bicycling to your business.
The credit-based system helps organizations move from passive perusal of information into active implementation of best practices. Several organizations seeking certification implemented some significant improvements before finalizing their score.
Does your workplace boast an impressive bicycle commuting program? BizCycle certification recognizes the great work that businesses across the region are doing to encourage bicycling. BizCycle workplaces are using certification as a means to promote that work both internally among employees interested in bicycling, as well as externally to better compete with peer organizations, attract customers and recruit highly-desirable creative class talent that values walkable, bikeable places to live, work and play, and transportation choices beyond driving.