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QBP QBP GROWS WITH ITS EMPLOYEES DOUG SHIDELL to do, but it made Flagg nervous. Could the company really afford to pay out that much in commuter credits each year? "Our health insurance company found us a surprisingly healthy account and on our request initiated a study focusing on our bike commuters. It happens that our bike commuters saved QBP about $150,000 in unclaimed health expenses each year." Flagg said. It became much easier to justify the expense. But as Quality grew, so did its employee "profile," according to Sjoquist. Quality was hiring a larger number of people to fill positions in distribution, finance, IT, HR and other roles that didn't require a background in cycling. For a company that attributes most of its growth to a strong bicycle culture, the logical thing to do was to extend that culture to employees who didn't come from bicycle backgrounds. "We paid part of the entry fee for riding in organized rides such as the St. Paul Classic," Sjoquist said. It was part of a larger attempt to introduce employees to the world of bike riding. But the bicycle commuter has always held a special role at QBP and Paul Zeigle, a long-time employee, thought it might be fun to create a low key, fun competition around the daily commute. In 2007 he proposed the Commuter Bike League (CBL), a season long competition of head to head matches between teams. Volunteers stepped up to be team captains. The captains picked players in a Draft that included in-depth analysis of past riding experience and this year's potential (Does he own a car? Will her travel schedule affect how often she can commute? He's super competitive, I think he'll be a dark horse). Nearly half of the employees signed up and many complained to the Commissioner "You've got me riding in the rain and the wind. I can't let my teammates down." Rich Tauer, currently CEO of QBP, took it a pedal stroke further. His team was in the playoffs, and he had to QBP W hen Gary Sjoquist started working for Quality Bicycle Products (QBP) as a full time bicycle advocate in 1998, he noticed something unique about the company. "We had all of these fit cyclists," he said. It wasn't an accident. "In the early days," owner Steve Flagg said, "we focused on small and technical parts. I had to hire bike shop technical help and as the years went by, most people rode their bikes to work and our distribution center was located in the city proper. Our goal was to be within 10 miles of most of the staff for easy commute." But Quality grew quickly and it became necessary to move to the suburbs to access the larger distribution centers. To keep bike commuting active, Quality implemented the usual bike commuter amenities such as showers, commuter credits, indoor and outdoor bike parking and Bike to Work Days. The commuter credits alone cost about $45,000 per year. It was the right thing BICYCLE FRIENDLY AMERICA 15

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Bicycle Friendly America Fall 2016

Viewpoint
Spotlight: Bike Shops that are Bicycle Friendly
Sweet Rollin': New Bicycle Friendly Bakeries!
Moscow International Cycling Conference
QBP Grows with its Employees
How To Do A Successful Bike Light Giveaway
A Visit to Davis, California
Bikeshare for All
Double Platinum: How the Boise Bicycle Project Made It To the Top
In Memoriam
Chicago Ride of Silence
Transportation Secretaries Support Bicycling
Dero: Strong Bike Culture is a Core Value of a Bicycle Friendly Business
Inspirations from the National Bike Summit
Summit Recap/Media Mentions
Bicycle Friendly America Fall 2016 - Intro
Bicycle Friendly America Fall 2016 - Cover1
Bicycle Friendly America Fall 2016 - Cover2
Bicycle Friendly America Fall 2016 - 1
Bicycle Friendly America Fall 2016 - Viewpoint
Bicycle Friendly America Fall 2016 - 3
Bicycle Friendly America Fall 2016 - 4
Bicycle Friendly America Fall 2016 - Spotlight: Bike Shops that are Bicycle Friendly
Bicycle Friendly America Fall 2016 - 6
Bicycle Friendly America Fall 2016 - 7
Bicycle Friendly America Fall 2016 - Sweet Rollin': New Bicycle Friendly Bakeries!
Bicycle Friendly America Fall 2016 - 9
Bicycle Friendly America Fall 2016 - 10
Bicycle Friendly America Fall 2016 - Moscow International Cycling Conference
Bicycle Friendly America Fall 2016 - 12
Bicycle Friendly America Fall 2016 - 13
Bicycle Friendly America Fall 2016 - QBP Grows with its Employees
Bicycle Friendly America Fall 2016 - 15
Bicycle Friendly America Fall 2016 - 16
Bicycle Friendly America Fall 2016 - How To Do A Successful Bike Light Giveaway
Bicycle Friendly America Fall 2016 - 18
Bicycle Friendly America Fall 2016 - A Visit to Davis, California
Bicycle Friendly America Fall 2016 - 20
Bicycle Friendly America Fall 2016 - Bikeshare for All
Bicycle Friendly America Fall 2016 - 22
Bicycle Friendly America Fall 2016 - Double Platinum: How the Boise Bicycle Project Made It To the Top
Bicycle Friendly America Fall 2016 - 24
Bicycle Friendly America Fall 2016 - 25
Bicycle Friendly America Fall 2016 - In Memoriam
Bicycle Friendly America Fall 2016 - Chicago Ride of Silence
Bicycle Friendly America Fall 2016 - Transportation Secretaries Support Bicycling
Bicycle Friendly America Fall 2016 - 29
Bicycle Friendly America Fall 2016 - Dero: Strong Bike Culture is a Core Value of a Bicycle Friendly Business
Bicycle Friendly America Fall 2016 - 31
Bicycle Friendly America Fall 2016 - Inspirations from the National Bike Summit
Bicycle Friendly America Fall 2016 - 33
Bicycle Friendly America Fall 2016 - 34
Bicycle Friendly America Fall 2016 - 35
Bicycle Friendly America Fall 2016 - Summit Recap/Media Mentions
Bicycle Friendly America Fall 2016 - Cover3
Bicycle Friendly America Fall 2016 - Cover4
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