What is a “bicycle-friendly business”? According to the League of American Bicyclists, companies who have been named a BFB “encourage a more welcoming atmosphere for bicycling employees, customers, and the community.”
For Swiftwick, this means having a “bike parking lot” in the middle of our office. It means encouraging employees to go for lunchtime rides. It means organizing group activities to help us embrace the inner cyclist in all of us. It means supporting organizations like Ride for Reading that gives books to low-income students. It means providing employees with the opportunity to utilize a discounted gym membership.Chuck, Amy, Jamie, Marlee & Ashley each embrace cycling in his or her own way.
And let’s be clear- not all of us are die-hard, ride-till-we-die cyclists. There’s Amy, who rides to work several times a week and can always be caught posting her weekend rides on Facebook. There’s Ashley, who has just recently fallen in love with cycling and is buying her first bike. There’s Jamie, who is as hardcore as they come as a former research and development rider. There’s Chuck, who’s been known to get some sweet air and can be found riding his bike through the cubicles for stress relief. And there’s me, who loves to go for the occasional B-cycle ride but you would definitely never catch at SeaOtter.
“One of our core values is to be a team of athletes serving athletes,” says Swiftwick President Chuck Smith. “To live that out, we have to be an organization that encourages our core pursuits of cycling, running and hiking. I am proud of how our team pushes each other to ride to work, go for a lunch ride or hit the local trails after work. From the company side, we focus on giving people the flexibility and resources to enable that culture.”
We are proud to be recognized as a Bicycle Friendly Business and hope to continue to be involved with making our city of Nashville more bike-friendly.