(Willmar MN-) The League of American Bicyclists recognized Carris Health – Rice Memorial Hospital and the City of Willmar Parks and Recreation Department, Willmar Civic Center with a Bronze Level Bicycle Friendly Business (BFB) award, earning both a place alongside 1,366 businesses across the country contributing to the movement to build a more Bicycle Friendly America.
By kicking off the New Year alongside 153 new and renewing BFBs, Carris Health and City of Willmar Parks and Recreation joins local businesses, government agencies, and Fortune 500 companies in all 50 states and Washington, DC, in a commitment to transform American workplaces to be more welcoming to customers and employees who bike.
“When places make it easier for people to choose to bike, they are building safer, stronger, and better connected communities. The League of American Bicyclists is thrilled when organizations like Carris Health and the City of Willmar join us in this movement to build a more Bicycle Friendly America. When more people are biking to work or shop, life is better for everyone,” says Executive Director Bill Nesper of the League of American Bicyclists.
Carris Health has promoted bike friendliness by encouraging it as a form of exercise through wellness challenges and most recently by being a major sponsor for Bike Willmar, a bike rental project with rental hubs throughout Willmar.
“We encourage bicycling as an easy option for transportation and provide amenities such as bike racks, and for employees at Carris Health – Rice Memorial Hospital, showers and locker rooms,” said Amber Silva, Community Wellness Coordinator for Carris Health. “Carris Health is excited to be recognized as a Bicycle Friendly Business and we are actively looking at ways to ramp up our bike friendly amenities and incentives. As a member of the Willmar Bikes Committee we work to stay up-to-date with biking throughout Willmar and the surrounding area.”
Moving forward, Carris Health and the City of Willmar Parks & Rec will have access to a variety of tools and technical assistance from the League to become even more bicycle-friendly. When employees bike, great things happen: we reduce the strain on the environment from our carbon footprint and we contribute to the physical health and well-being of employees that participate.