An environmental science and engineering firm with a focus on shoreline and river projects, Anchor QEA believes strongly in responsible environmental practices in both their external work and internal functions. Promoting bicycle commuting is an integral part of the company’s sustainable business ethic, and is even discussed in the firm’s sustainability plan. Ten percent of employees at the Seattle office commute to work year-round by bike. The firm has set a goal to increase their bicycle commuting rates to 13 percent in the next three years.
“Anchor QEA’s core values aligned with the goals of the BizCycle program. As is demonstrated by our mode split, Anchor QEA already had a strong bicycling culture. Applying for BizCycle enhances and formalizes our internal bike culture and provides opportunity to share that enthusiasm with the community,” explained Josh Jensen, an Environmental Planner at Anchor who spearheaded the certification.
But it took some infrastructure and programmatic investments to foster that culture. The office, located at Olive Street and 7th Avenue in downtown Seattle, has long-term bicycle parking for employees in a bike room in the parking garage. Although accessible to other tenants in the building, the installation of secure bicycle parking was a term of the firm’s lease agreement. Anchor QEA also requested that lockers be installed in the basement for employees to store gear, clothing and toiletries. The firm also participates in the Commute Challenge in May and provides resources on bicycling at health and safety fairs.
Many of the best practices in place at Anchor QEA are a result of company-wide support for bicycling, even at the highest levels of leadership. According to Jensen, “Anchor QEA has a strong lead by example mentality. Bike commuting occurs at all levels of the company including the most senior staff. Also, the firm has made longstanding strategic decisions and commitment to make bike commuting easy.”
BizCycle aims to award organizations for the existing support they have for bicycle commuting while also providing the motivation—and a little friendly competition—for workplaces to identify what steps they could take to increase the number of employees commuting to work by bike and push them to implement those best practices. Did it work for Anchor QEA? Jensen tells the BizCycle team that Anchor’s internal bicycle committee is using their certification report to identify opportunities for enhancement. On the to-do list: track year-long ridership and begin a bike-buddy system to pair regular bicyclists with potential bike commuters. Well done, Anchor QEA and congratulations!
How does your organization measure up? Check out our BizCycle certified workplaces, and apply today! To be considered in the first round of BizCycle applicants, applications are due March 15. Contact email@example.com to learn more.