Online Program

Bike Friendly Businesses: Best Practices and Strategies

Monday, November 2, 2015

Dangaia Sims, MA, Department of Kinesiology, Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA
Melissa Bopp, PhD, Dept. of Kinesiology, Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA
Chih-Hsiang Yang, M.Ed., Department of Kinesiology, Penn State University, University Park, PA
Moe Kishida, M.S., Department of Kinesiology, Penn State University, University Park, PA
Active commuting is associated with a number of health benefits, though less than 1% of Americans bike to work regularly. Bike Friendly Businesses (BFBs) are employers who encourage a bike-friendly culture within their organization and are awarded a designation by the League of American Bicyclists (LAB) at multiple levels (bronze through platinum). The purpose of this study was to examine the practices of current BFBs.

Methods: BFBs around the country were recruited from the LAB’s list of current BFBs. Interested BFB representatives completed a brief survey describing their company and were then interviewed to examine the culture of bike friendliness within their company, specifically examining encouragement, education, engineering, and evaluation. Two researchers coded responses using thematic analysis.

Results: Businesses (n=17) were primarily set in Pennsylvania and were of varying size and designation level. Common themes discussed by businesses that promote a bike-friendly workplace included: using incentives to encourage biking, offering social activities/events to encourage biking for employees, providing bicycle education opportunities within the business and community, having strong bike parking and bike-related infrastructure, and developing a plan for the future of their bike-friendly business. While businesses with a higher designation offered greater resources there did not appear to be any differences on the basis of size.

Conclusions: These results indicate that BFBs that have a strong bike culture have a few defining factors separating them from those lacking in support for biking. This information is useful in assisting businesses aiming to become more bike-friendly and support biking among their employees.

Learning Areas:

Implementation of health education strategies, interventions and programs
Occupational health and safety
Planning of health education strategies, interventions, and programs

Learning Objectives:
Identify components of businesses that promote a bike-friendly culture

Keyword(s): Physical Activity, Workplace

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: as a Ph.D. Candidate I have significant experience in the understanding of physical activity and specifically active travel research and community intervention/design.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.