Oct 25, 2012 • By

Top 10 reasons to bike to work

Each morning, when I see co-workers pedaling up to the bike rack as I’m driving into the parking lot in my beat up Volkswagen Jetta Wagon, I inevitably feel a small twinge of guilt.

I live a measly two and a half miles from work, General Mills has plentiful bike racks and a locker room, I like the outdoors, and I’m in good health …

In other words, I have no good excuse to avoid biking to work.

Today, as General Mills is named as a Bicycle Friendly Business by the League of American Bicyclists, I’m taking inspiration from my bike-commuting colleagues and am motivated to add a few bike commutes into my routine before winter sets in.

General Mills is one of 71 new bicycle friendly businesses in 27 U.S. states to earn the designation today from the league, whose mission is to promote biking.

Under the headline,”Iconic U.S. companies become bicycle friendly businesses,” General Mills was one of eight companies highlighted in the league’s press release, alongside Facebook, Apple, Burton Snowboards and Hewlett-Packard.

We asked several General Mills employees who regularly commute by bike to give us the “Top Ten Reasons Why I Bike.”

The employee bikers in the video, in appearance, are Susie Crouse, Grant Moos, Bryan Schutte, Tess Hohman and Brian Hall.

Some of the programs and amenities that earned General Mills a spot on the list include its employee bike club, secure bike parking, locker rooms for changing, and support of bike races.

Do you bike to work? What are your top reasons for biking?

What does your company or business do to create a bike-friendly environment?

Editor’s note: By earning the Bicycle Friendly Business – Bronze Award, General Mills joins a group of more than 500 local businesses, government agencies, and Fortune 500 companies from across the U.S. that have committed to making their businesses bike friendly.