June 18, 2013
Cincinnati awarded 2013 Bike Friendly Destination
The Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber a now an official silver-awarded Bike Friendly Destination.
More than 70 organizations received "bike friendly destinations" awards on Thursday, May 30, 2013. In addition to the Chamber, QCB recognized the University of Cincinnati, Macy's, E.W. Scripps, among others.
View a list of all the winners
The Bike Friendly Destinations Program was developed by Leadership Cincinnati Class 33 and started by Queen City Bike in 2011 to encourage more people to commute to work and other destinations by bicycle. Queen City Bike recognizes the efforts of Cincinnati's local schools, businesses, and organizations for supporting those who ride a bike to their location with amenities like secure bike racks, showers, and encouraging policies and programs.
The schools, businesses and organizations recognized make it easy for bikers by offering bike racks, showers and biking programs.
The Chamber encourages members to sign on. As a Bike Friendly Destination, your business or organization will be able to take credit for your investment in alternative transportation with heightened visibility and expanded networks of partners.
Employers who encourage regular exercise like bicycle commuting among their employees benefit through:
- Reduced health care costs
- Decreased absenteeism as a result of illness
- Increased productivity
- Reduced parking costs
- Progressive image to young prospective employees
- Improved image as socially conscious organization
Employees also benefit from commuting by bicycle through:
- Increased all-around fitness
- Strengthened lower back
- Improved cardiovascular system
- Reduced bone loss
- Decreased blood pressure
- Improved mental agility
- Increased free time through productive use of commute
- Decreased transportation costs
The city as a whole benefits from bicycle commuting though:
- Increased tourist activity
- Improved general population health
- More street activity, sparking more economic activity and community engagement
- Less wear and tear on city roads
- Less congestion during peak traffic hours
For more information about getting enrolled in the program for 2014-2015, please contact Nern@QueenCityBike.org.