From Joan Pasiuk, Bicycling and Walking Program Director

Good news! Seven Minnesota industry, government, and nonprofit organizations were named bicycle friendly businesses by the League of American Bicyclists.

The winners range from Fein Violins, Ltd., a small retail shop on Grand Ave in St. Paul, to the University of Minnesota, one of the largest traffic hubs and employers in the metro area. The Minnesota organizations encompass more than 31,000 employees, indicating a stellar commitment to bicycling for transportation. This is only outdone by Nebraska, where new bike friendly awards cover more than 48,000 employees.

The real message is not about organizational or state competition, but the growing recognition that bicycling makes sense to business. Please patronize and acknowledge the new winners as well as previous bike friendly designees.

Although we have not yet applied to receive the award, TLC takes commuting incentives very seriously. Employees are entitled to a payroll daily benefit of $1.50 each way for commuting to work by walking, via bike, or car pooling (taxable because of federal rules) and reimbursement for the cost of bus passes up to a maximum of $76 per month (non-taxable because of federal rules) for a combined annual commuter benefit of $912.00.

More good reasons to celebrate bicycling in MN!

New MN award winners:
Dero Bike Rack Company
Minneapolis, MN

University of Minnesota ‐ Twin
Cities Minneapolis, MN

Ameriprise Financial, Corporate
Headquarters Minneapolis, MN

Fein Violins, Ltd.  St. Paul, MN

Fresh Energy St. Paul, MN

International Business
Machines Rochester, MN

Ramsey County Saint Paul, MN

Live Green Apartments ‐ Skally
Management Saint Paul, MN (Honorable Mention)