Superior (OK) Gets ‘Bike-Friendly’ Biz Award

Posted February 19, 2016 at 1:07 pm

The League of American Bicyclists recently announced the winners of its annual “Bicycle Friendly Business” competition, including Superior Linen Service Inc., Tulsa, OK, which received a “Silver Award” for encouraging staff to take advantage of bicycles for fun, exercise and transportation, according to a news release.  

Superior Linen Service President Doug Waldman said he was honored to see the company’s focus on bicycling and health recognized by this national organization. “I am very pleased to receive this award,” said Waldman, who also is chair of TRSA. “We have always encouraged and endorsed the benefits of living a healthy, active lifestyle, and this recognition validates those efforts. There is nothing more important than your health, and we are committed to doing our part to improve the health of our staff, families and community.”

Nationwide, a total of 1,132 companies were recognized for bike-friendly policies in 49 states and the District of Columbia, the release said. The award winners ranged from bike shops to consulting firms, universities and government agencies, including the U.S. Department of State. Among the smallest was a pipe-organ repair shop in Fort Collins, CO, with a staff of two people.

“The business community’s investment in bicycling is playing a central role in making the country a safer, happier and more sustainable place to live and work,” said Amelia Neptune, the League’s Bicycle Friendly Business Program manager. “We applaud this new round of businesses, including Superior Linen Service, for leading the charge in creating a bicycle-friendly America for everyone.”

Moving forward, Superior Linen Service will have access to a variety of tools and technical assistance from the League to become even more bicycle friendly, the release said.  

Awards were given in four categories: Platinum, Gold, Silver and Bronze. Companies apply online and are judged on key categories described as the “Four E’s.” These include “engineering, education, encouragement and evaluation” efforts. Engineering includes physical systems such as the availability of bike parking, showers, lockers, etc. Education can include programs and events that promote bicycling. Encouragement includes policies designed to get employees to take advantage of bicycling. Evaluation speaks to the presence of a strong biking culture in the company with a focus on continuous improvement.

Superior Linen Service’s recognition was for its corporate office in Tulsa. They were the first business in that city to win this designation and the third in the state to do so.

Click here and here to learn more about the Bicycle Friendly Business program.