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June 8, 2021

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MnDOT District 4 named a gold Bicycle Friendly Business by the League of American Bicyclists

DETROIT LAKES, Minn. – Today, the League of American Bicyclists recognized the Minnesota Department of Transportation District 4 Detroit Lakes office with a gold Bicycle Friendly Business (BFB) award, earning it a place alongside over 1,400 businesses across the country contributing to the movement to build a more Bicycle Friendly America.

“We are pleased to celebrate new and renewing Bicycle Friendly Businesses, as these awards are a reminder that our vision of an America where every person can safely and easily choose to bike is shared by every part of a community, including business leaders,” said Bill Nesper, executive director of the League of American Bicyclists. “The businesses that we honor aren’t just along for the ride, they are working in tandem with local advocates and the League to promote and encourage bicycling as a means of transportation, fun and fitness.

MnDOT District 4 joins 33 total new and renewing BFBs in the League’s latest round of business awards and 1,425 total BFBs nationwide, including everything from government agencies, Fortune 500 companies, bike shops, and other employers, all united in a commitment to transform American workplaces to be more welcoming to both customers and employees who bike. The Bicycle Friendly Business award recognizes an organization’s contributions in shifting up and accelerating the movement to build a Bicycle Friendly America for everyone.

“By offering simple solutions that enable people to easily go places by bike, employers like MnDOT District 4 are demonstrating leadership towards healthier, stronger communities and improving the well-being of our colleagues, friends, and neighbors by making biking better for everyone,” said Nesper.

MnDOT District 4 seeks to educate, advocate and promote opportunities for bicycling within the workplace, community and throughout west central Minnesota. The Detroit Lakes office encourages bicycling as an easy option for transportation and provides amenities such as a bicycle shelter, bicycle fleet, locks, helmets, lockers, showers and a guaranteed ride home for all employees.

“At MnDOT, we take pride in being a multi-modal agency that keeps all Minnesotans connected, no matter their method of transportation,” said Jane Butzer, Program Coordinator/Bike and Pedestrian Coordinator for MnDOT District 4. “Even in our own workplace, we take that mission to heart. We are excited to join the ranks of other gold Bicycle Friendly Businesses across the United States.”

As part of the BFB network, MnDOT District 4 has access to a variety of tools and technical assistance from the League to become even more welcoming to people who bike. When employees bike, great things happen: decreased carbon footprint, reduced healthcare costs, improved community connections, and a fun, healthy work culture. This isn’t MnDOT District 4’s first BFB award: in 2017, the Detroit Lakes office received a silver Bicycle Friendly Business award.

To learn more about the BFB program, or to apply, visit the League online at www.bikeleague.org/business.

About the Bicycle Friendly America Program
To learn more about building a Bicycle Friendly America, including the Bicycle Friendly Community® (BFC), Bicycle Friendly State® (BFS), Bicycle Friendly Business® (BFB), and Bicycle Friendly University® (BFU) programs, visit www.bikeleague.org/BFA.

The League of American Bicyclists leads the national movement to create a Bicycle Friendly America for everyone. With a history dating to 1880, the League is committed to engaging diverse communities and building a powerful, unified voice for change around protecting and promoting bicyclists’ rights. Learn more at www.bikeleague.org.