Bicycle Recycle receives bronze level Bicycle Friendly Business Certification

The League of American Bicyclists, a national bicycling advocacy organization of 20,000 members, has recognized Factory Works with a bronze level Bicycle Friendly Business Certification.

Williamsport Bicycle Recycle, one of the six programs under Factory Works, submitted the application. Bicycle Recycle operates a community bike shop on the first floor of the Factory, on the corner of Rose Street and Park Avenue.

Factory Works is the first business in Williamsport to receive this honor and joins more than 1,250 businesses, government agencies and Fortune 500 companies to transform transportation, health and wellness for the betterment of U.S. workers and local communities.

Being a Bicycle Friendly Business requires incentives, programming and amenities to enable and inspire people to ride bikes. Bicycle Recycle offers bicycle repair services where riders work with volunteers to complete repairs, programs for community service, earn recycled bikes and volunteering. The shop also offers classes different levels or bike repairs.

Bicycle Recycle is moving the shop to a larger, more accessible and visible space this year, said David Stone, Factory Works president. The shop’s staff plans to cooperate with other programs to promote bicycle-friendly activities at the Pajama Factory for the community.

“Having a bicycle-friendly environment has many benefits. It helps local business recruit young workers to our area. We have easy access to mountain biking and rail trails and also to coffee shops and restaurants downtown,” Stone said. “The City is working on making streets more bike friendly so riding to work is easier. People can also hop on their bike to get out for some exercise or just for a relaxing ride along the Susquehanna River. All this cuts our environmental footprint and makes our city a more pleasant place to live.”

Bicycle Recycle aims to provide access to the benefits of bicycling through hands-on programs, volunteer projects and a neighborhood bicycle shop.

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

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