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WSDOT Eastern Region recognized by the League of American Bicyclists

Monday, May 6, 2019 - 13:39

Beth Bousley, communications, 509-324-6015
Ryan Overton, communications, 509-324-6014

Silver Level Award honors bike-friendly workplace and public policies

SPOKANE – The Washington State Department of Transportation's Eastern Region is one of 1,266 "bike-forward" businesses recently honored by the League of American Bicyclists.

The Silver Level Bicycle Friendly Business award honors region staff for promoting bicycling opportunities both among their own employees and the traveling public. Award recipients receive tools and technical assistance to become even more bicycle friendly.

"Forward-thinking organizations like WSDOT are seeing the benefits of encouraging biking, whether it's happier employees, lower health care costs, or reaching new customers," said Executive Director Bill Nesper of the League of American Bicyclists.

Washington is the fifth state to have a DOT office recognized as "bike-friendly," joining California, Delaware, Minnesota and Pennsylvania. Bicycling plays a key role in Washington's sustainable multimodal transportation system, supporting people getting to the places they need to be, increasing active transportation opportunities and adding overall capacity. WSDOT encourages bicycling as an easy option for employees traveling to and from work and provides amenities such as indoor bicycle parking and incentives and prizes through the CommuteSmartNW commute trip reduction program.

Regional Administrator Mike Gribner has been biking to work at WSDOT since the mid-1980s, and joins many WSDOT employees who bike, walk, carpool, or use public transportation to get to work.

"Not only is bicycling good for our employees, it gives us the opportunity to experience the transportation system we're responsible for," Gribner said.

As a multimodal agency, WSDOT is working to make the transportation system accessible for everyone – of all ages, abilities and means – and is developing its 2019 Active Transportation Plan for the state. People can help shape that plan by completing an online survey open through June 30.

WSDOT's Eastern Region covers Adams, Ferry, Lincoln, Pend Oreille, Spokane, Stevens and Whitman counties.

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