KTU+A named Gold Level Bicycle Friendly Business


As businesses race to retrofit their buildings, streamline waste policies, and purchase more recycling bins, some companies have already targeted a free and easy way to be more environmentally conscious: bicycling. On Earth Day, the League of American Bicyclists recognized KTU+A Planning + Landscape Architecture with an upgrade from Silver to Gold Level Bicycle Friendly Business (BFB).

“More and more business leaders are realizing that bicycling is a simple and cost-effective way to move toward a more productive company,” said Andy Clarke, President of the League of American Bicyclists. “Promoting healthy transportation is increasingly attractive to employers and prospective employees – and it’s moving America toward a more sustainable future.”

As mobility planners, we strive to practice what we recommend to our clients. KTU+A encourages cycling as an easy transportation option and provides amenities such as a shower and changing room and incentives such as a loaner bike, a monthly commuter fringe benefit, as well as free Car2Go membership for when bike commuters need to attend an unscheduled appointment a long distance from the office. KTU+A’s six covered employee bicycle parking spaces occupy less space than one vehicle parking space.

BFB gold_newKTU+A joins 50 Gold Level businesses, including Trek, Specialized, Clif Bar, Facebook and REI. KTU+A is the only Gold Level southern California business. The closest fellow Gold Level award recipient is California State University Long Beach.

KTU+A is never content to rest on our laurels. We are already working toward Platinum Level certification, the highest award level. KTU+A will have access to a variety of free tools and technical assistance from the League to become even more bicycle-friendly.

About the League of American Bicyclists (LAB)
The League promotes cycling 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 cyclists, including its 300,000 members and affiliates. For more information or to support the League, visit www.bikeleague.org.

About the Bicycle Friendly America Program
The Bicycle Friendly Community, State, Business and University programs are generously supported by program partners Bikes Belong and Trek Bicycle. To learn more about building a Bicycle Friendly America, visit their website.

The League of American Bicyclists has named KTU+A as one of California’s businesses that is making our community bike friendly. We are honored to join the likes of Apple, Inc., Stanford and Dudek in this effort. With on-going and completed bicycle, trail and complete street plans in San Diego, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino and San Luis Obispo counties, we hope our innovation and passion encourages people of all ages and abilities to bike, hike and walk more often. We all benefit – more family time, healthier kids and adults, better air quality, less stress, and the discovery of exciting places we may never see when speeding by in a car!

PDF: Bicycling Means Business

The Rancho Santa Fe Fire Station #3 Fairbanks Ranch was recently recognized with an Engineering News-Record (ENR) Award of Merit for Best California Government/Public Building Project from McGraw-Hill.  KTU+A worked with Jeff Katz Architecture and designed the planting and irrigation systems surrounding the building. The plan incorporated drought tolerant planting materials and utilized a drip irrigation system. To see the list of winners and read more about the event, go to: http://bit.ly/RwtJyE

This project and other winners were featured in the Dec. 3, 2012 issue of ENR California.