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Wednesday, April 18, 2012
ACHD Recognized for Being a Bike-Friendly Business

Garden City-- The Ada County Highway District (ACHD) was recognized today for being a Bicycle Friendly Business (BFB) by the League of American Bicyclists, receiving the silver level award -- a first for the District. The League noted ACHD’s commitment as a workplace to bicycling by providing secured covered bike parking for ACHD employees, shower and locker room facilities, bike-friendly policies toward visitors and an Alternative Transportation Benefit Program (ATBP) which awards employees for using alternative transportation such as bicycles.

"ACHD is among the forefront of a movement to make American businesses more competitive, sustainable and attractive to the best and brightest employees," said Andy Clarke, President of the League of American Bicyclists. "An investment in bicycling enhances employee health, increases sustainability and improves the bottom line."

As many as 18 ACHD employees commute to and from work during the spring and summer months, and on average, more than a handful commute by bike year-round, some from as far as Nampa. "ACHD encourages bicycling as an option to get to and from work for its employees and is proud to be a silver-level winner of the BFB award. Receiving this award further reinforces the importance of providing amenities like bike lockers and showers to employees," said ACHD Commission President Rebecca Arnold.

Past recognition by the League of American Bicyclists has designated Ada County as a Bicycle Friendly Community. ACHD has been awarded three times for its strong and ongoing commitment to bike safety, education and increased infrastructure in the community. Currently, 217 miles of bike lanes exists in Ada County, a number that is ever increasing with $1 to $2 million invested annually in cycling facilities.

For more information on bike routes and resources in Ada County, visit www.achdidaho.org.

The League of American Bicyclists promotes bicycling for fun, fitness and transportation, and works through advocacy and education for a bicycle-friendly America. The League represents the interests of America's 57 million bicyclists, including its 300,000 members and affiliates. For more information or to support the League, visit www.bikeleague.org.

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