MIT Lincoln Laboratory named a Bicycle-Friendly Business

Bicycle Friendly Business logo MIT Lincoln Laboratory was honored as a "gold-level" Bicycle-Friendly Business by the League of American Bicyclists, an organization founded to promote bicycling for recreation and transportation. The League advocates better bicycling facilities and conditions, and offers education in bicycle safety and maintenance.

Lincoln Laboratory was one of three organizations to achieve the gold-level in fall 2010. The levels of business ratings are platinum for the highest ranking, then gold, silver, bronze, and honorable mention. Since 2008 when the League began the Bicycle Friendly Business program, only 6 businesses have received a platinum ranking and 22 have received a gold ranking.

Andy Clarke, president of the League, says Bicycle Friendly Businesses "demonstrate a commitment to encouraging healthy lifestyles, creating more affordable transportation, and leading the way in sustainable business practices and environmental stewardship."

Lincoln Laboratory earned a gold designation for its strong support of employees who bicycle to work. The Laboratory provides secure, convenient bike parking, a bike repair stand and tools, and shower facilities; has a "bicycle-loaner" program; and participates in MIT's reimbursement plan for bicycle commuting expenses. In addition, the Laboratory hosts a bicycle group and encourages a bicyclists' community through a wiki on its internal web site. For the past three years, a Lincoln Laboratory team has participated in the Massachusetts Bike to Work Week event, receiving first-place awards for its active participation and total miles logged.

"This award is quite special because it is based on a rigorous set of criteria," says Terry Gleason, a bicyclist who is active in the Laboratory's bike group. "Most of the higher rankings are achieved by companies that are in the bike business. Lincoln Laboratory is also the only gold-level business in New England."

Posted October 2010

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