Summit County government given bicycle friendly award | SummitDaily.com

Summit County government given bicycle friendly award

The League of American Bicyclists recognized Summit County government last week with a gold-level Bicycle Friendly Business award.

With the announcement Wednesday, Sept. 24, of 150 new and renewing Bicycle Friendly Businesses in 39 states and Washington, D.C., Summit County government joined a group of more than 800 local businesses, government agencies and Fortune 500 companies across the U.S. and became the only organization recognized by the league in Summit County.

“Visionary business leaders are recognizing the real-time and long-term impact that a culture of bicycling can create,” said Andy Clarke, president of the League of American Bicyclists, in a news release. “We applaud this new round of businesses for investing in a more sustainable future for the country and a healthier future for their employees.”

Summit County government encourages bicycling as an easy option for transportation. The organization provides amenities such as the highly used recpath system and offers incentives like the annual Bike to Work Day breakfast stations and an employee bike commute challenge.

“When our employees bike, great things happen: a smaller greenhouse gas footprint, reduced health care costs, stronger connections to the community and a healthy work culture.”

Katie Kent
Open Space and Trails Department

“We strive to lead by example in promoting sustainable practices within the larger community,” County Commissioner Dan Gibbs said. “Our efforts to be a bicycle friendly employer complement and enhance Summit County’s work to improve conditions for bicycling throughout the community for our residents, workers and visitors.”

The community of Summit County was recognized by the league when it earned a bronze-level community designation in 2012.

Looking ahead, Summit County government’s gold-level designation (the second-highest rating) means the organization will have access to a variety of free tools and technical assistance from the league to become even more bicycle friendly.

“When our employees bike, great things happen: a smaller greenhouse gas footprint, reduced health care costs, stronger connections to the community and a healthy work culture,” said Katie Kent of the county Open Space and Trails Department.

For more information, contact Katie Kent at 970-668-4092 or katiek@co.summit.co.us. To apply or learn more about the free BFB program, visit the League online at bikeleague.org/content/businesses.


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