You might recognize F5 Networks, a technology company that specializes in Application Delivery Networking, from F5 Bike to Work Day (I hope you’re planning to ride this year on Friday, May 17!). Last year, over 16,000 people rode to work on their bikes as part of the event.
Not only does F5 promote bicycling and its benefits throughout the region through their title sponsorship of Bike to Work Day, but the company also has an active community of cyclists who regularly bike to the office. F5 achieved Bronze level BizCycle certification for bike-friendly best practices, earning 23 of 50 possible credits.
While some companies’ support for bicycling comes from grassroots employee demand, F5 Networks has what it refers to as “executive sponsorship” of cycling. All F5 executives take part in Bike Month and create their own team each year for the Commute Challenge. F5 runs an internal Commute Challenge site to track stats, send messages and facilitate the participation of F5 workplaces across the nation. So far this May, seventeen teams have registered with 132 riders and 24 new commuters.
For daily support, F5 offers 200 spaces of secure bike parking for its 1,000 employees. The office, located on Elliot Avenue West in Lower Queen Anne, is conveniently located adjacent to the Elliott Bay Trail. Showers, lockers, towel service and a $100 per month alternative transportation incentive stipend round out the support.
Congratulations to F5, and keep up the good work! F5 Bike to Work Day is Friday, May 17—make tracks and bike to work!
Is your F5 Bike to Work Day commute invigorated by a bike-friendly employer? Learn more about how your workplace can join 20 organizations in the region recognized for their support for bicycling at bizcycle.cascade.org or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.