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The Couer d’Alene office of J-U-B Engineers, a Boise-based civil engineering firm, was one of only three businesses in Northern Idaho and Eastern Washington recognized as Bicycle Friendly Businesses by the League of American Bicyclists. Mountain Gear in Spokane Valley and Rings & Things in Spokane also made the list.

What qualified them? Shower facilities for employees, indoor bike parking and a dedicated group of bike-commuting employees (two of which ride all through the winter), says engineer Chris Bosley, who led J-U-B’s first attempt at making the list. The company also participates in the Bike-to-Work Week Commuter Challenge each year.

“By providing showers and indoor bicycle parking, we encourage employees to commute by bike,” said J-U-B regional manager Dale Baune in a press release.  “Biking to work helps to keep our employees healthy and productive.”

The Bicycle Friendly Business (BFB) program recognizes businesses who excel at encouraging employees and customers to use bicycles instead of cars. Benefits, they say, include reduced health care costs, more productive employees, improved worker and customer satisfaction, smaller carbon footprint and increased corporate social responsibility.

Congratulations, J-U-B, Mountain Gear and Rings & Things!