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L.L.Bean Bike, Boat & Ski Store in Freeport, Maine, Named a Silver Level Bicycle Friendly Business by the League of American Bicyclists

Washington, D.C., April 22, 2013 –  As businesses race to retrofit their buildings, streamline waste policies and purchase more and more recycling bins, some companies have already targeted a free and easy way to be more environmentally conscious: bicycling.

On this Earth Day, the League of American Bicyclists recognized L.L.Bean’s Bike, Boat & Ski Store with a silver level Bicycle Friendly Business (BFB) award for leading America toward a greener future.

With the announcement of 63 new BFBs today in 44 states and Washington, D.C., L.L.Bean joins a visionary group of more than 500 local businesses, government agencies and Fortune 500 companies across the United States that are transforming the American workplace.

“More and more business leaders are realizing that bicycling is a simple and cost-effective way to move toward a more productive company,” said Andy Clarke, President of the League of American Bicyclists. “Promoting healthy transportation is increasingly attractive to employers and prospective employees – and it’s moving America toward a more sustainable future.”

L.L.Bean has been instrumental in supporting cycling as an alternative mode of transportation and has become the ultimate resource for the community. The company encourages bicycling as an easy option for transportation and provides amenities such as safe and secure bike parking and incentives such as ride maps and free repair clinics.

Moving forward, L.L.Bean’s Bike, Boat & Ski Store will have access to a variety of free tools and technical assistance from the League to become even more bicycle-friendly. When our employees bike, great things happen, such as improving our carbon footprint, reducing health care costs and contributing to making the store a fun and energetic place to work.

To apply or learn more about the free BFB program, visit the League online at bikeleague.org/businesses.

About the Bicycle Friendly America Program

The Bicycle Friendly Community, Bicycle Friendly State, Bicycle Friendly Business and Bicycle Friendly University programs are generously supported by program partners Bikes Belong and Trek Bicycle. To learn more about building a Bicycle Friendly America, visit http://www.bikeleague.org/programs/bicyclefriendlyamerica/

The League of American Bicyclists promotes bicycling for fun, fitness and transportation, and works through advocacy and education for a bicycle-friendly America. The League represents the interests of America's 57 million bicyclists, including its 300,000 members and affiliates. For more information or to support the League, visit www.bikeleague.org.

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