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Planet Bike and Alliance for Biking & Walking Donate Bicycle Accessories to Youth Earn-A-Bike Programs
Madison, WI -- January 8, 2012 --In an effort to introduce more youth to cycling, Planet Bike and the Alliance for Biking & Walking have increased their support of Earn-A-Bike programs (EAB), and recognized the key role these programs play in bicycle advocacy.
Earn-A-Bike programs teach youth the basics of bike repair and maintenance, and safe urban riding. Perhaps more importantly, the EAB programs give kids the chance to develop confidence, become more self-reliant and develop positive relationships with adults as they work on bikes. Students collect credit hours working in the EAB shop and are given the option to build their own bike after they have reached their credit goals.
In October, Planet Bike, in partnership with the Alliance, donated hundreds of bicycle accessories to seventeen Earn-A-Bike programs from Portland to Boston, St. Paul to New Orleans and many others in between.
"Biking is an awesome way to empower kids and teach lasting life skills," said Jay Ferm, Director of Advocacy for Planet Bike. "These Earn-A Bike programs help kids who can't afford a bike to become self-reliant and independent while encouraging their innate curiosity and generosity."
"Earn-a-bike programs across North America are growing as parents and communities see the benefits of teaching kids valuable repair skills while enabling affordable, healthy transportation," said Jeff Miller, President and CEO of the Alliance for Biking & Walking. "As the programs grow, they need supplies to keep pace with demand %u2014 and Planet Bike's donated accessories will be a big boost."
Planet Bike kicked off their youth biking initiative as a featured sponsor for the 2012 Youth Bike Summit and continues this support in 2013. Planet Bike's goal is to further engage with these young cyclists and advocates and continue to stoke their flame of enthusiasm for cycling. The Alliance works with EAB programs to connect them with one another and other advocacy organizations, helping grow the youth bicycle revolution and fostering the advocates of tomorrow.
Planet Bike, a leading manufacturer of innovative, high quality, and practical bicycle accessories based in Madison, WI donates 25% of profits to causes that promote bicycle use. The Alliance for Biking & Walking is North America's coalition of local and state bicycle and pedestrian advocacy organizations seeking to create, strengthen and unite advocacy leaders who are transforming their communities into great places to bike and walk.
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Planet Bike Partners with Transportation Alternatives to get NYC MovingMadison, WI - November 1, 2012--Planet Bike, a leading manufacturer of innovative, high quality, and practical bicycle accessories, is proud to announce its support of New York City and the surrounding areas in the wake of Superstorm Sandy.
Transit officials say that the city's subway system has suffered its worst damage in its 108-year history. Most forms of public transportation and many streets throughout the city remain unusable after the crippling storm. Bicycles continue to be one of the only viable forms of transportation at the moment and thousands of city dwellers are taking to pedaling the thoroughfares.
Planet Bike has partnered with Transportation Alternatives, New York City's leading transportation advocacy organization, to keep NYC cyclists safe on their bikes while the city mends. "We're very grateful to Planet Bike for their generous donation of bike lights, and we'll be working hard at our commuter stations to get them out to the countless New Yorkers biking to work so they can stay safe while the subway restorations are underway," said Paul Steely White, Executive Director of Transportation Alternatives.
Planet Bike is eager to lend a hand in relief efforts. "Watching the hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers scrambling back to work and cleaning up after Hurricane Sandy is a humbling testament to human resilience," said Director of Advocacy Jay Ferm. "Planet Bike is grateful to our friends at Transportation Alternatives for helping these folks bike safely through this disaster."
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The League of American Bicyclists Awards Gold to Planet Bike
Washington, DC - March 9, 2010 -- The League of American Bicyclists is proud to announce Planet Bike as a Gold level Bicycle Friendly Business (BFB), in an impressive group of 51 new BFBs. The official announcement was made at the 10th Anniversary National Bike Summit in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday, March 9. The announcement, the fourth time BFB winners have been named since the program's inception in 2008, marks the ongoing success of the program and continued momentum amongst businesses to provide a more bike-friendly environment. "The League is especially excited to recognize Planet Bike as a 2010 winter BFB winner at the 10th Anniversary National Bike Summit. Planet Bike is making simple changes to their transportation policies to encourage biking to work. They are setting a community-wide example," said Andy Clarke the Executive Director of the League of American Bicyclists.
Businesses that apply for the award are contributing to a more bicycle-friendly lifestyle for their employees. Planet Bike serves as an example for best practices and innovations in bicycle friendliness at the workplace. Planet Bike makes bicycling an easy option for transportation and provides amenities such as bicycle parking, shower, lockers and a work bench for its employees.
"This Bicycle Friendly Business is making a difference for employees, customers, and communities," said Bill Nesper, Director of the Bicycle Friendly America Program. "Planet Bike promotes bicycling as a viable form of transportation and gives their employees choices and options that make biking to work easy and fun."
There are a lot of very simple, effective and creative ways that companies are finding to get people back on their bikes, and the League is proud to recognize the efforts of working America to make our nation a more bike-friendly place. Companies across the country are realizing that getting their employees biking -- either to or from work, in course of work, or even in their own time -- is good for business. When bicycling is infused in a company''s culture, great things happen: reduced health care costs; more productive employees; improved worker and customer satisfaction; smaller carbon footprint; and increased corporate social responsibility.
Applying for BFB recognition is easy and free. Applicants receive technical assistance from the League staff as well as tools to evaluate and assess their bicycle friendliness through the application process. The BFB application is available online at www.bicyclefriendlybusiness.org.
The Bicycle Friendly Community and Bicycle Friendly Business programs are generously supported by program partners Bikes Belong and Trek Bicycle''s One World, Two Wheels Campaign.
The League of American Bicyclists promotes bicycling for fun, fitness and transportation, and works through advocacy and education for a bicycle-friendly America. The League represents the interests of America's 57 million bicyclists, including its 300,000 members and affiliates. For more information or to support the League, visit www.bikeleague.org.
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Team PB Shines at Cross Nationals
Madison, WI -- December 17, 2009 -- Planet Bike, a leading manufacturer of innovative, high quality, and practical bicycle accessories, is proud to announce the accomplishments of its cyclocross team at the 2009 US Cyclocross Nationals in Bend, Oregon December 10-13.
The team is composed of riders at all ages, many of whom have previously won National Cyclocross Championships at the Junior, Elite, and Masters levels. At this year's National event 16 Planet Bike riders participated in the various age group and Elite races. Successful performance by all resulted in 4 National champions, 2 silver medals, and one bronze.
Planet Bike riders were a dominant force on the second day of racing as Ian Haupt (Men Juniors, 13-14), Diane Ostenso (Women Masters, 55-59), and Sarah Huang (Women Juniors, 15-16) each claimed the gold medal in their respective age categories. Linda Sone (Women Masters, 35-39) and Kaitlyn Antoneau both battled fierce competition and a muddy course to claim the 2nd step on the podium in their categories.
Anticipation grew for the elite categories on Sunday, December 13. Katie Compton did not disappoint, riding away from all challengers in the women's race to claim her 6th straight national championship jersey by nearly one minute. Team members Kaitlyn Antonneau, Linda Sone, and Kristin Wentworth fought vigorously for 12th, 14th, and 22nd.
The men's elite race had no shortage of talent as Jonathan Page powered himself into 3rd place while teammates Mark and James LaLonde finished 26th and 34th.
Planet Bike designs high quality bicycle accessories that make it easier for people to ride their bikes. Since its inception in 1996, Planet Bike has believed in the potential of the bicycle to improve the world and the lives of the people in it. Therefore, each year it has donated at least 25% of profits to causes that promote and facilitate the use of the bicycle.
Planet Bike Tapped for GREENy Award
Madison, WI. --April 21, 2009 - Planet Bike, a leading manufacturer of innovative, high quality, and practical bicycle accessories, is proud to announce that it is the recipient of the 2009 Bicycle Retailer and Industry News' GREENy award.
Bicycle Retailer and Industry News, the bicycle industry''s principal trade journal, recognized Planet Bike for its longtime commitment to practicing business with environmental awareness and sensitivity. The presentation was made on April 17th during the annual Bicycle Leadership Conference, held in Monterey, CA.
In its fourteen year history, Planet Bike has enacted a long list of environmental initiatives including: conducting routine energy audits, engineering products with longevity and repair-ability in mind, working to use 100% recycled paper and soy-based inks on all packaging, and employing a 10 kilowatt solar power system atop company headquarters. The photo voltaic power array has helped reduce Planet Bike''s carbon emissions by 15 tons annually.
"The unassuming bicycle holds huge potential for people to reduce their environmental impacts and that is why our mission of donating 25% of company profits is, at its core, an environmental mission," said Planet Bike president Jeff Frehner. "We are thrilled to be honored by Bicycle Retailer and proud that we are helping to usher in a new era in business where environmental commitments become the customary way of doing business."
Planet Bike designs high quality bicycle accessories that make it easier and safer for people to ride their bikes. Since its inception in 1996, Planet Bike has believed that the bicycle can improve our environment and our quality of life. Therefore, each year it has donated at least 25% of profits to causes that promote and facilitate the use of bicycles. Since its founding, Planet Bike has donated more than $660,000 to the grassroots advocacy movement with a goal of reaching the $1 million mark by the end of 2009.
Planet Bike Welcomes Jeff Frehner
Madison, Wisc.- March 09, 2009 - Planet Bike, a leading manufacturer of innovative, high quality, and practical bicycle accessories, is delighted to announce that Jeff Frehner will be joining the staff in the role as company president.
Frehner got his start in the bike industry at Quality Bicycle Products as HR Director and General Counsel. In 2001, he migrated to Pacific Cycle where he worked as the company''s General Counsel until transitioning to the role of President in 2004 when Montreal-based Dorel Industries purchased Pacific Cycle. Most recently, Frehner served as the President & CEO of the Cannondale Sports Group (CSG), a division of Dorel Industries, which owns Cannondale, Schwinn, Mongoose and GT Bicycles. Frehner left his position at CSG last September.
long time bicycle enthusiast and advocate, Frehner''s work on the board of Bikes
Belong and as a member of
According to Frehner, "For over a decade, Planet Bike has been proving that its distinctive business model can simultaneously generate positive change in our communities and have a successful bottom line." Frehner added that, "Planet Bike is perfectly and uniquely positioned to make the most of the world's changing attitudes toward climate change, oil dependence, transportation and health."
founder Bob Downs is honored that Frehner has joined forces with Planet Bike
and feels he is the perfect person to help the company realize the next step in
its evolution. Downs said, "Jeff is an authentic guy who
shares our passion for bikes and our belief that the bicycle can be a part of
Planet Bike designs high quality bicycle accessories that make it easier and safer for people to ride their bikes. Since its inception in 1996, Planet Bike has believed that the bicycle can improve our environment and our quality of life. Therefore, each year it has donated at least 25% of profits to causes that promote and facilitate the use of bicycles. Since its founding, Planet Bike has donated more than $660,000 to the grassroots advocacy movement.
Planet Bike Commends Cannondale and Bike Belong
Madison, Wisc.- August 28, 2008 - Planet Bike, a leading manufacturer of innovative, high quality, and practical bicycle accessories, is delighted by the recent news that the Cannondale Cycling Group and Bikes Belong have pledged their support to the Thunderhead Alliance with a $200,000 contribution for 2009. In response, Planet Bike has increased its 2009 commitment to Thunderhead to match Cannondale's pledge of $125,000.
Planet Bike feels that a key ingredient to successfully growing biking in America is grassroots bicycle advocacy. Grassroots bicycle advocacy, as practiced by Thunderhead's 138 member organizations, has played key roles in improving cycling infrastructure and policies in countless communities across North America in the past 10 years. Thunderhead recruits, trains and supports grassroots bicycle activists. They bring together the best strategies, tactics, and research, and then impart this experience and knowledge to its member organizations. "In the United States, transportation decisions are primarily made at the local level," said Jay Ferm, Advocacy Coordinator for Planet Bike. "That's why strong local advocates are key to creating more bike friendly communities."
Planet Bike is pleased that Cannondale and Bike Belong have identified the Thunderhead Alliance as a worthy partner in making North America a better place for cyclists. "We commend Cannondale and Bikes Belong for making this commitment," said Bob Downs the president of Planet Bike. "We feel this is hugely important to supporting the long-term vision and creative thinking of the Thunderhead Alliance organization." The company's increased pledge for 2009, brings Planet Bike''s combined advocacy donations to $800,000 over the past twelve years and brings it one step closer to achieving its goal of donating a total of $1 million by 2010.
Planet Bike designs high quality bicycle accessories that make it easier and safer for people to ride their bikes. Since its inception in 1996, Planet Bike has believed that the bicycle can improve our environment and our quality of life. Therefore, each year it has donated at least 25% of profits to causes that promote and facilitate the use of bicycles. Since its founding, Planet Bike will have donated more than $800,000 to the grassroots advocacy movement.
Planet Bike Thrilled by Release of Thunderhead's Benchmarking Report
Madison, Wisc.- November
08, 2007 - Planet Bike, a leading manufacturer of innovative, high
quality, and practical bicycle accessories, is proud to applaud the success of
the Thunderhead Alliance as it unveils its groundbreaking benchmark
project. The findings of the project are
spelled out in the 120 page report entitled Bicycling
and Walking in the U.S. which has just been sent to bicycle advocacy
groups, government transportation officials, and public health professionals
2004, Planet Bike partnered with Thunderhead for the pilot benchmarking
project. From there, Planet Bike has
earmarked nearly $40,000 in donations to the Thunderhead Alliance for this
project. Along with the support of
Planet Bike, the report received $10,000 from Bikes Belong, supplementing a
$50,000 grant from the National Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
report is the first of its kind to compile and analyze national data on
bicycling and walking. The volume
contains pages and pages of charts and graphs examining everything from the
number of trips made by bike to which
A few of the interesting findings include:
capita bike shop sales are highest in
than 1% of work trips in the
* Men bike to work at three times the rate of women.
* 1.54% of federal transportation dollars are allocated to bicycle and walking projects.
* Diabetes rates are lowest among states with high levels of biking and walking.
"The correlation graphs in the report are shocking and fantastic.
Everything that we have always said is true about bicycling is laid out
graphically," says Dar Ward, Senior Planning Analyst for the
The report is being touted as the foundation on which the future of bicycle advocacy will be built. It will be used by advocates, transportation planners, and public health officials to promote and evaluate policies and programs that make our communities more bicycle and pedestrian friendly.
Planet Bike designs high quality bicycle accessories that make it easier and safer for people to ride their bikes. Since its inception in 1996, Planet Bike has believed that the bicycle can improve our environment and our quality of life. Therefore, each year it has donated at least 25% of profits to causes that promote and facilitate the use of bicycles. By the end of 2007, Planet Bike will have donated more than $500,000 to the grassroots advocacy movement.
Planet Bike Honored by Mayor Daley and City of Chicago
The presentation was made
on June 15th during
The City of
Planet Bike is the
smallest corporation to receive the honor. Previous winners of the BAC
award are SRAM, Chase and Bank One. "If a little company like ours can affect a
positive change, think of the staggering potential if all businesses got
involved to a greater degree in working to affect change in the world," said
Jay Ferm, Planet Bike''s Advocacy Director during his acceptance of the award.
Planet Bike designs high quality bicycle accessories that make it easier and safer for people to ride their bikes. Since its inception in 1996, Planet Bike has believed in the potential of the bicycle to improve the world and the lives of the people in it. Therefore, each year it has donated at least 25% of profits to causes that promote and facilitate the use of the bicycle. By the end of 2007, Planet Bike will have donated more than $500,000 to the grassroots advocacy movement.
###Planet Bike's Decade of Making a Difference
Ten years ago, Bob Downs had an
idea. He believed that business can be
profitable as well as environmentally, socially, and politically aware. To put his beliefs into practice,
Despite being a simple machine, the company''s culture has always held that the bicycle has great potential to help improve the world and the lives of the people in it. Because 50% of urban trips are less than three miles, there is great opportunity to shift such trips from cars to bikes. By helping to make our communities friendlier places for the self-propelled, Planet Bike makes it easier for people to make this shift. The results are cleaner air, healthier citizens, and more connected communities.
In addition to sharing
profits, Planet Bike shares it time, energy and sweat. To highlight the need for improved conditions
for biking, Downs saddled his bike and began a 900 mile commute to
In its ten year history,
Planet Bike has kept its pledge of donating 25% of company profits to
advocacy. This year, the company will
reach the milestone of having donated $500,000 to the grassroots bicycling
movement. Planet Bike continues to
support the work of the Thunderhead Alliance, but has also expanded its
sponsorship of other major programs that are helping to transform our towns and
cities into safe and convenient places to bike.
Some of the programs include Trips for Kids, the National Bike Summit,
the Chicago Bicycling Ambassador program, and the Texas Bicycle Coalition''s
Safe-Routes-to Schools program. Most
recently, the Bicycle Federation of Wisconsin presented Planet Bike with their
"Outstanding Business of the Year" award, and the City of
Social experiments aside, Planet Bike was born from the heart of a cyclist and its goal is to make innovative, high quality, and practical bicycle accessories. Product categories include bicycle lights, fenders, cycling computers, pumps, saddles, locks, gloves, handlebar tape, racks and cages.
In ten short years, Planet Bike is proud to have led the bicycle industry to important innovations in product and practice. Product advancements include the 4-line computer which is now a standard in the industry and the world's first self-contained HID light. Planet Bike is also gratified that many within the bicycle industry are now greatly increasing their support for bicycle advocacy. While still a small company, Planet Bike continues to evolve and improve its product line with the goal of always striving to build accessories that make it easier for people to ride their bikes.
As the company has grown and matured, so
has its dedication to the principles of social and environmental
responsibility. Since 1996, Planet Bike''s financial support of the grassroots
bicycle movement has totaled $500,000. By 2010, its goal is to donate $1
million to organizations dedicated to making
Planet Bike Supports Advocates at National Bike Summit
This year, Planet Bike was a leading sponsor of the National
Bike Summit which brings together bicycle industry leaders, bike advocates, enthusiasts,
and politicians to further propel bicycling into the political consciousness of
the nation and advance the interests of bicyclists across the country. Planet Bike also provided complimentary
car-free pedi-cab rides to
Planet Bike's own Jay Ferm organized the
Each year the League of American Bicyclists organizes the
National Bike Summit in
Among other things, participants lobbied for the Bicycle
Commuter Act which proposes a tax break to employers who encourage employees to
commute by bike. If passed, this would give individuals greater
financial incentive to commute by bike by helping them to defray expenses for things
like the purchase of a helmet, regular bike tune-ups, gear for year-round pedaling
and other expenses associated with bicycle commuting. The other important lobbying effort was to
secure funding for the Conserve By Bicycling program. This is a program to establish ten test
programs and study the resultant health, environmental, and economic benefits when
individuals use their bikes to replace car trips.
Planet Bike Helps Hometown Go Platinum
Madison, Wis. --March 15, 2007-- Planet Bike, a leading manufacturer of innovative, high quality, and practical bicycle accessories, is actively helping Madison become a Platinum-level Bicycle Friendly Community.
Planet Bike has come together with Wisconsin-based Saris Cycling Group, Pacific Cycle, Inc. and Trek Bicycle Corporation to propel the city of Madison from Gold to Platinum status. As a result, Planet Bike has made a financial contribution to Madison's Platinum Bicycle Committee. Further, Planet Bike's Advocacy Coordinator Jay Ferm is serving as one of the committee's co-chairs. "We all know that Madison is a great city in which to be a bicyclist and we are trying to make it even better," said Ferm, "Personally, I am excited to be serving on the city's Platinum Committee on behalf of Planet Bike to further strengthen Madison's commitment to safe and sustainable bicycle transportation."
Beginning in 2003, the League of American Bicyclists launched its "Bicycle Friendly Community Campaign." The goal of the campaign is to identify communities that successfully employ measures that improve conditions for bicyclists. Cities that prove to be bicycle-friendly by implementing safe bike routes and encouraging citizens to commute by bicycle are honored with either a Bronze, Silver, Gold or Platinum level designation.
The rationale behind the BFC's campaign is that if we can transform our towns and cities into safe and convenient places to bike, we will use less gas, become more fit, and reduce traffic congestion. As Planet Bike owner Bob Downs said, "This is the kind of world we at Planet Bike hope for. That is why we support Madison's efforts to gain the coveted Platinum designation."
Currently, Madison has been named one of seven Gold-level communities in the country but the goal is now to join Davis, California as the only other Platinum designee in the country.
Planet Bike builds high quality bicycle accessories that make it easier for people to ride their bikes. Since its inception in 1996, Planet Bike has believed in the potential of the bicycle to improve the world and the lives of the people in it. Therefore, each year it has donated at least 25% of profits to causes that promote and facilitate the use of the bicycle. By the end of 2007, Planet Bike will have donated more than $500,000 to the grassroots advocacy movement.
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