Clif Bar and BikeDenver are pleased to announce their selection of the REI Denver Flagship Store as September’s Bicycle Friendly Business of the Month. Located at 1416 Platte Street in the restored Tramway Building, REI is not only a historic landmark, but a landmark for local cyclists as well. General manager Robert Voltz says his store is “very committed in promoting bicycling and alternative transportation for both our customers and employees,” and it shows. REI Denver encourages bike commuting by providing its customers with 80 bicycle parking stands, a B-cycle kiosk, and a full service repair shop, making it the perfect place for local riders to pedal for all their cycling essentials (including coffee at the in-house Starbucks).
It’s also a great place to pedal if you happen to work there. Employees who commute on two wheels enjoy ample indoor bike storage, showers, and extra lockers–all the necessities that help ensure a sustainable year-round commute. Better yet, store staffers are treated to a generous commuter reward program by logging their rides to work. When they’ve completed at least 30 round-trip rides, REI employees become eligible for prizes like bike tune-ups, gift cards, and coupons for time off work (more time to ride!). For tips on improving your commute, check out REI’s excellent commuting resource, Bike Your Drive.
While the REI Denver Flagship store is certainly a leader in upholding the company’s commitment to reducing greenhouse gas emissions by promoting bikes as transportation, Voltz is quick to point out that its sister stores are dedicated to biking, too. “All our local stores support numerous cycling events,” he says. “Annually, our local stores each co-lead at least three service projects, most of which include bike paths and trails.” To learn more about these projects and how you can get involved, visit the store’s website here: REI Denver Flagship Store.
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.
REI Denver Flagship Store actively promotes bikes as a means of transportation for both its employees and customers–just one of the ways it minimizes its operational impact on the environment. To learn more about the store and its commitment to commuters, check out their website here: REI Denver Flagship Store.
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, and Quiznos.
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