Mayor Menino's annual Bike Friendly Business Awards recognize companies that incorporate bike-friendly practices that encourage their employees or customers to ride their bikes. Each year, more Boston companies apply for “bicycle-friendly” status. Gold, Silver, and Bronze awards are distributed according to the number and scope of bike friendly practices a company undertakes. Basic practices include installation of outdoor bike racks, financial incentives for bike commuters, or frequent use of bike messengers. More significant steps are recognized at a higher level, such as providing secure covered bike parking, offering shower facilities for commuter employees, or making Hubway corporate memberships available.
Businesses that win an award are invited to attend a special ceremony with Mayor Menino where they receive a certificate and a “Bike Friendly Business” sticker to proudly display in their business.