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Fort Wayne Outfitters and Bike Depot- Bicycle Friendly Business by Guest Blogger Cara Hall

Posted Nov 13 2010 7:34am

We are so proud to tell you that Fort Wayne Outfitters and Bike Depot has been named a Bicycle Friendly Business by the League of American Bicyclists.   You may be thinking, of course they won this award, they are a bike store after all.  That’s not what the award is about.  In fact, we are the first business in northern Indiana to win the award and one of only a handful of businesses in the entire state.  

This award is about promoting a bicycle-friendly lifestyle for employees.  It recognizes businesses that encourage employees to commute to work and make bicycling a regular mode of transportation in their lives. 
“This Bicycle Friendly Business is making a difference for employees, customers, and communities,” said Bill Nesper, Director of the Bicycle Friendly America Program. “Fort Wayne Outfitters and Bike Depot promotes bicycling as a viable form of transportation and gives their employees choices and options that make biking to work easy and fun.”

When opening the business in 2007, one of the first things we did was build a shower and changing area for employees.  Many of us live up to 20 miles from the store and having these amenities along with storage area for bikes was vital to us to make it easy for employees to commute to work. 
There are a lot of very simple, effective and creative ways that companies are finding to get people back on their bikes. Companies across the country are realizing that getting their employees biking – either to or from work, in course of work, or even in their own time – is good for business. When bicycling is infused in a company’s culture, great things happen: reduced health care costs; more productive employees; improved worker and customer satisfaction; smaller carbon footprint; and increased corporate social responsibility.

This topic and many other green issues are so important to us. We consciously selected brands such as Patagonia and Prana to offer in our store because of their environmentally focused initiatives.  When it comes to purchasing outdoor and cycling equipment for your family, we hope you’ll visit our locally owned store that is working to help our help make our community more active and environmentally responsible.

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