As businesses race to retrofit their buildings, streamline waste policies, and purchase more recycling bins, some companies have already targeted a free and easy way to be more environmentally conscious: bicycling.
The League of American Bicyclists recognized Squire Sanders’ Cleveland office with a bronze-level Bicycle Friendly Business (BFB) award for leading America toward a greener and healthier future, making the firm the first-ever organization in Greater Cleveland to receive the distinction.
With the announcement this week of 63 new BFBs in 44 states and Washington, DC, Squire Sanders joins a visionary group of more than 500 local businesses, government agencies and Fortune 500 companies across the US that are transforming the American workplace.
“More and more business leaders are realizing that bicycling is a simple and cost-effective way to move toward a more productive company,” said Andy Clarke, President of the League of American Bicyclists. “Promoting healthy transportation is increasingly attractive to employers and prospective employees – and it’s moving America toward a more sustainable future.”
Squire Sanders encourages bicycling for recreational and commuting purposes and provides employee amenities such as free access to shower, locker and bike storage at The Bike Rack, downtown Cleveland’s bike commuter station, of which Squire Sanders serves as a sponsor. Squire Sanders also worked with Key Tower to provide conveniently located bike racks in the parking garage attached to its office building. Squire Sanders’ employees organize and participate in numerous bike-related events, including Bike to Lunch outings, Family & Friends Bike Outings, the United Way’s RideUNITED, Bike to Work Day, the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association’s David Webster Greener Way to Work Day, and the Bike Cleveland Bike Challenge, of which Squire Sanders served as a sponsor.
More than a year ago, Squire Sanders employees formed a Bike Committee, comprised of recreational and commuter cyclists, who meet monthly to plan bike events, work on bike-related initiatives to make the office more bike friendly, engage the cycling community within and outside of the firm, and promote bicycling for recreation and commuting.
Jacob VanSickle, the Executive Director of Bike Cleveland, the region’s bike advocacy organization, serves as an adjunct member of the Bike Committee, keeping Squire Sanders’ Cleveland office informed as to bike advocacy efforts in Cleveland and bike events going on around town and helping to plan the office’s bike events. "Bike Cleveland is excited to have a working relationship with Cleveland's first ever Bicycle Friendly Business," said Mr. VanSickle. "Over the past year Squire Sanders has made great strides in encouraging their employees to commute to work by bicycle, they certainly are a model for other businesses across Greater Cleveland."
"Studies show that employees that commute to work by bicycle are more productive and healthier," said Mr. VanSickle. "Squire Sanders has embraced this idea by creating an environment that makes riding a bike to work convenient and fun. Bike Cleveland is excited to continue to be a part of that work, and hopes other business across Cleveland can learn from their leadership."
To apply or learn more about the free BFB program, visit the League online at bikeleague.org/businesses