Clif Bar and BikeDenver are pleased to announce Holland & Hart as November’s Bicycle Friendly Business of the Month! This large downtown law firm promotes cycling for fun, fitness, and environmentally conscious commuting through several progressive programs and activities. Employees committed to commuting on two wheels at least twice per week receive a monthly stipend for bike-related expenses and, once they arrive, find all of the accommodations needed for a smooth transition into the work day: lockers, showers, and a secure “bike cage” for parking and protecting bikes. Alison Karas, who rides her bike to work every day the mercury rises above zero, also credits Holland & Hart’s casual atmosphere for easing the commute. “If I had to wear a suit and pumps every day,” she says, “it might be a little more difficult.”
Many Holland & Hart employees find that riding to work coincides nicely with the firm’s Hart & Soul Wellness Program in which members earn points for healthy physical pursuits like biking. Once they’ve accumulated a certain number of points, members enjoy benefits such as reduced health care premiums. Plus, on Bike to Work Day, those who pedal in are treated to valet bike parking and a celebratory breakfast. Small wonder there’s always a big turnout! (Some of this year’s participants are pictured at right.)
Holland & Hart also encourages biking for fun, fundraising, and camaraderie. Several of their 400+ employees are avid cyclists, and the firm is a proud sponsor of the American Diabetes Association’s Tour de Cure, organizing a team to gather donations and ride it each year. You might also spot the team at other local cycling events in their spiffy Holland & Hart jerseys; next year’s version is being modeled in miniature at left by Susan Tinger’s fingers (“This is the size exra-small,” she laughs), along with her fellow co-workers and commuters Alison Karas (middle) and Scott Schluterman (left). Kudos to Holland & Hart for going the extra mile to promote cycling as a way of life in Denver!
[Submitted by Erin Hilmer]
BikeDenver’s Bicycle Friendly Business (BFB) of the Month Awards help highlight organizations that are making standout contributions and offering great success stories from among BikeDenver’s Bicycle Friendly Business (BFB) Program members. The BFB program, with 125 honorees to date, recognizes businesses, organizations and workplaces that are leading the way to make bicycling an easy and accepted form of transportation in Denver. Nominate a workplace as a Bicycle Friendly Business here.
Holland & Hart LLP is a Denver-based law firm employing over 400 people. With such a large presence in the city, their commitment to cycling creates both a healthier workforce and a healthier community. Ride on! www.hollandhart.com
BikeDenver is Denver’s bicycle advocacy organization. BikeDenver promotes and encourages bicycling in Denver and works to make Denver a better place to ride your bike. Why? Because it’s healthy for you, and healthy for Denver. www.bikedenver.org
Clif Bar & Company started on a bike ride. Founder Gary took a bite of another energy bar and thought he could make a better bar. Today, Clif Bar is a leading maker of all-natural and organic energy and nutrition foods and drinks. www.clifbar.com
Bicycle Friendly Business of the Month Awards: Since partnering in July of 2009 to launch the monthly awards program, Clif Bar and BikeDenver have recognized Watercourse Restaurant, Historic Denver’s Story Trek, Downtown Denver Business Improvement District, Jones Lang LaSalle, Human Powered Transit Authority, Denver Pavilions, the Alliance for a Sustainable Colorado, Salvagetti Bicycle Workshop, Little Man Ice Cream, Denver Water, Denver Regional Council of Governments (DRCOG), Sweet Action Ice Cream, MIGHTYkarma, Quiznos, REI Denver Flagship Store, Solera Green Living, and Holland & Hart.
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