City of Boston celebrates annual bike friendly business awards
August 3, 2015
The City of Boston celebrated the annual Boston Bike Friendly Business Awards with a ceremony on Monday, August 3. The awards applaud the role of Boston based businesses in supporting and advancing the growth of biking in Boston. They also recognize Boston businesses that have pledged to make the city better for cyclists by providing facilities, services and benefits to employees and customers who bike. Over 150 businesses, ranging from small two-employee firms to large corporations consisting of tens of thousands of employees, have participated in the program since the awards were first initiated in 2008.
“The City of Boston is committed to making sure our streets are safe and friendly for bicyclists,” said Mayor Martin J. Walsh. “I want to congratulate this year's winners and thank them for their efforts to promote healthy, sustainable and efficient transportation options."
“I’d like to congratulate all of our Bike Friendly Business Award winners and thank them for their contribution to the city and the environment,” added Boston Transportation Commissioner Gina Fiandaca. “No matter their size, every organization can help Boston to achieve its bike friendly goals.”
This year saw the introduction of more demanding qualifications to compete for the award. Businesses were rewarded for their creation of initiatives that benefit the public and points were added for the establishment of on-site bike repair stations and for providing discounts to customers who bike.
A “Chocolate Award”, named to acknowledge the belief that nothing is better than chocolate, was introduced this year to honor the first-place winner. Harvard University and the Harvard Longwood Campus took home the 2015 Chocolate Award as the Most Bike Friendly Business in Boston. Harvard was credited for the following.
- Providing discount Hubway memberships to their employees and sponsoring Hubway stations.
- Offering guaranteed rides home to employees who bike in the event of an unexpected personal emergency.
- Participating in the MassCommute Challenge and Boston’s annual bike events, along with sponsoring their own bike event each year.
- Providing tax-free reimbursements of up to $20 a month for expenses related to bike purchases, improvements, and repairs
- Making bike cages available for Harvard affiliates.
- Installing multiple fix-it stations in locations that are accessible to the public.
Harvard was joined by 54 other local companies that were honored with gold, silver and bronze awards.
Award winners represent a diverse group of businesses who together have helped to pave the way for Boston’s tremendous growth in biking. Award winners have designed many of Boston’s bike lanes, provided critical funding for the Hubway bike share system, developed creative incentives to encourage employees to bike to work, implemented innovative safety campaigns, and more.
The following organizations were named as 2015 Boston Bike Friendly Businesses.
Chocolate - Most Bike Friendly Business
Harvard Longwood Campus
Beacon Architectural Associates
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
Boston Children's Hospital
Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
Sandulli Grace, PC
Toole Design Group, LLC
A Better City
Appalachian Mountain Club
El Pelon Taqueria
Foley Hoag LLP
Next Phase Studios
The Gillette Company
Vertex Pharmaceuticals Inc.
Adi's Bike World
Back Bay Bicycles
Bikes Not Bombs
Boston Global Investors
Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program
Brigham and Women's Hospital
Community Boating, Inc.
ERG - Boston
Howard Stein Hudson
Hyatt Regency Boston
Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti
Jacobs Engineering Group
John Hancock Financial Services
Linea 5, inc. Architects
Nutter McClennen & Fish
Public Consulting Group
United Way of Massachusetts Bay
Wediko Children's Services
For additional information on Boston Bikes and how to become more bike friendly, visit www.cityofboston.gov/bikes.