And that should come as no surprise to anyone following all the work the hospital has done recently to encourage employees to bike to work. They went way beyond just providing quality bike parking and other amenities like showers.
Seattle Children’s funded safe streets projects in the neighborhood, including one of the city’s first neighborhood greenways on 39th Ave NE. They built a new trail connection to the Burke-Gilman and a protected bike lane to help complete the connection to their campus. Their theory was that if you help create safe and comfortable bike routes, their employees will be more likely to bike. And, no surprise, they were right.
Apparently, that’s what a “Platinum” level bike-friendly business looks like, according to the League. Seattle Children’s is the only business in Washington State to receive that rating and one of only 20 in the nation. In fact, they are the only medical center in the country to receive the top rating and one of only five employers with more than 500 employees to reach Platinum. So, every other major employer in the area, the bar has been raised. Your move.
Newly Named Businesses: Gold
- Sanitary Service Company, Inc. (Main Office), Bellingham
- Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Seattle
- GGLO, Seattle
- Novo Nordisk Research Center, Seattle
Moving Up: Gold
- Anderton Law Office – Washington Bike Law, Seattle
Newly Named Businesses: Silver
- Sanitary Service Company, Inc. (1001 Roeder Ave.), Bellingham
- Allen Institute, Seattle
- Starbucks, Seattle
- Sportworks Northwest Inc., Woodinville
Newly Named Businesses: Bronze
- Golder Associates, Inc., Redmond
- Conduit Coffee Company, Seattle
The next application cycle deadline is July 15, 2015. For more information see the League’s Bicycle Friendly Business page. When you work with these businesses and others on the Washington Bikes list of all Bicycle Friendly Communities, Businesses, and Universities, thank them for helping grow bicycling statewide in the #1 Bicycle Friendly State.