Jun 06, 2024

HOUSTON, TX – The Houston-Galveston Area Council (H-GAC) has been awarded a prestigious Silver Bicycle Friendly Business designation by the League of American Bicyclists, distinguishing it as one of the 1,300 businesses nationwide recognized for their exceptional commitment to promoting bicycling in the workplace and community.

"We're proud to celebrate this round of new and renewing Bicycle Friendly Businesses who are investing their resources to not only build up bicycling in the workplace but in their communities as well," said Bill Nesper, executive director of the League of American Bicyclists. "It takes collaboration to build an America where every person can safely and easily choose to bike, and we applaud H-GAC pedaling alongside us to power this movement."

With this recognition, H-GAC joins a diverse group of 1,341 current Bicycle-Friendly Businesses (BFB), ranging from government agencies and Fortune 500 companies to museums, hospitality establishments, bike shops, and other employers. These organizations are united in their dedication to creating a more bicycle-friendly America.

"This round of new and renewing Bicycle Friendly Businesses is a testament to the transformative power of bicycles as a catalyst for change," Nesper added. "Progress stems from collective effort, and we applaud H-GAC for their commitment to building a Bicycle Friendly America for everyone."

H-GAC's commitment to bicycling is evident through various initiatives aimed at promoting cycling as a viable transportation option. Among these efforts, H-GAC provides secure bike parking, showers, and lockers for employees, enhancing the workplace environment and contributing positively to the community by encouraging healthier, more sustainable transportation choices.

"As someone who commutes to work by bicycle, I am proud and honored that we have received the Silver Bicycle Friendly Business award from the League of American Bicyclists. This recognition reflects our commitment to fostering a bike-friendly culture both within our organization and throughout the Houston-Galveston region," said Chuck Wemple, executive director of H-GAC. "Encouraging bicycling as a transportation option aligns with our goals of promoting sustainability, reducing traffic congestion, and enhancing the overall quality of life for our community."

As part of the BFB network, H-GAC will have access to a variety of tools and technical assistance from the League to become even more welcoming to people who bike. When employees bike, great things happen, such as a decreased carbon footprint, connection to the community, and a fun and healthy work culture.

To learn more about the BFB program, visit the League of American Bicyclists website. For information about our initiatives, visit our Pedestrian-Bicyclist Program page and Commute Solutions website.