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    When you have support from top management, good things happen. The management at the FCC have been fantastic. The FCC posted the following on its blog today, and has been tweeting this.


    Bike to Work Day
    by: David Robbins, Managing Director
    May 17th, 2012

    The FCC’s growing community of cyclists has much to celebrate and be congratulated for as bicycling enthusiasts across the country mark National Bike Month.

    Community events around the country have so far included Bike to School Day and Bike to Work Week, culminating today in Bike to Work Day. Here at the Commission, they have also included two distinct honors.

    On Wednesday, the Interagency Task Force for Bicycles and Active Transportation, created to implement President Obama’s executive order to promote a clean energy economy, named the FCC as the recipient of its first-ever Fedbikes Award. The award recognizes excellence in support for federal agency bicycle commuting.

    And in April, the national League of American Bicyclists named the FCC as one of 67 new Bicycle Friendly Businesses. With its bronze-level certification, the Commission joins more than 400 local businesses, government agencies and Fortune 500 companies nationwide that are “transforming the American workplace” by supporting bicycle commuting, the League said.

    The recognition is a credit to an FCC cyclist community that works passionately, and with strong support from Chairman Genachowski and Commission leadership, to promote and support bicycle commuting throughout the agency. Among the many accomplishments to date:

    Expanded and secure parking for 58 bikes in our secure employee garage.
    Free long-term lockers near the new bike racks.
    Shower facilities with day lockers for an annual membership fee.
    A repair station with air pumps.
    A mentor program for new riders.
    A guaranteed ride-home program.
    Promotion and education efforts, including an active cyclists email group, bulletin boards and a wiki.

    We are pleased to see the hard work of our cyclists and building managers being recognized, and proud of their strong commitment to the health and well being of our employees and the local environment.


    State’s B2WD Notice:

    Bike to Work Day is May 18, 2012

    Join your colleagues on 2012’s Bike to Work Day, May 18! Leave the clogged arterials and broken escalators behind and transform your usual commute into a fun workout.

    o What is it? More than 10,000 Washington area commuters are expected to participate in Bike to Work Day to show their support for bicycling as a clean, fun and healthy way to get to work. Department employees are encouraged to commute to work by bicycle on May 18.

    o How can I participate?

    · Go to the WABA online site in advance and register for Bike to Work Day. Be sure to specify “U.S. Department of State” as your employer.

    · The Department will host a riders’ “pit stop” at the entrance to the Marshall Wing from 7:00 a.m. to 10 a.m. for participants to meet, enjoy bottled water and energy snacks provided by IL Creations, pick up copies of Washington Area Bicyclist Association (WABA) route maps, and share their road stories.

    · Join the Fun Ride starting at 12:30 pm from the Marshall Wing entrance. Under Secretary [ ], State’s Senior Sustainability Officer, is scheduled to speak to participants immediately before the start. Revolution Cycles will lead the riders on a casual 45-minute bike tour around the Mall Area, providing up-close-and-personal views of the area monuments. Last year’s ride was a “monumental” success! FARA will be providing T-shirts to commemorate the event.

    · After all that healthy exercise, take advantage of the extra shower and locker facilities offered by FARA at its gym in the Foggy Bottom area of the Harry S Truman Building. FARA facilities will open at 6 am.


    There are a number of federal agencies doing great things. If your agency has not already, think about joining the Interagency Task Force of Bicycle and Active Transportation (Fedbikes) See http://www.fedbikes.org for more info


    If your organization is supporting cycling, please let FedBikes know. The best way to get some agencies to get on board is by showing how others are doing. Good examples do more than support their cyclists. The make it better for everybody.

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