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Delaware North honored for making bikes more accessible at Grand Canyon

Delaware North Environmental Manager Katie Christiansen, stands alongside the Greenway bicycle path near the DNC General Store, post office and bank. The path extends approximately 13 miles throughout the South Rim of Grand Canyon National Park and 6.5 miles to Tusayan. (Veronica R. Tierney/WGCN)

Delaware North Environmental Manager Katie Christiansen, stands alongside the Greenway bicycle path near the DNC General Store, post office and bank. The path extends approximately 13 miles throughout the South Rim of Grand Canyon National Park and 6.5 miles to Tusayan. (Veronica R. Tierney/WGCN)

GRAND CANYON, Ariz. — The League of American Bicyclists has recently designated Delaware North Companies (DNC) as a bike-friendly workplace honoring it with a bronze award for its efforts to make biking better at the Grand Canyon.

Along with a free, long-term employee bike rental program encompassing a fleet of 41 bikes and bike racks stationed at its lodging, retail and dining locations, DNC is one of 153 nation-wide businesses that won an award for a bike-friendly workplace.

“We want to show the public that we’re a bicycle-friend business so we applied for the award,” said Delaware North Environmental Manager Katie Christiansen. “When visitors come to the park with their bikes they have a place to lock their bikes. They can buy parts from our Grand Canyon Outfitters supply store and the park provides greenway trails nearby along with bus stations that accommodate bikes.”

Delaware North employees not only get incentives for riding a bike to work through the Greenpath™ program but they are offered discounts for bicycle parts and accessories.

“Last year we had 71 employees participate in the program,” Christiansen said.

“The National Park Service (NPS) is very pleased that Delaware North has embraced an alternate form of transportation with its employees and guests,” said NPS Chief of Commercial Services Doug Lentz. “With most of their employees living in the park, bicycling to work makes good sense. The bicycle path, or Greenway as we call it, runs right by the Delaware North guest lodging units and to a variety of services and scenic vistas. Providing bike racks at guest lodging, retail, and dining helps reinforce the idea of biking in the park. We are happy to continue working with Delaware North and the community on biking at the park.”

“I really like the bike program,” retail supervisor Noble Ramon commented. “I use the bike for traveling to work and back as well as riding over to Tusayan for fun.”

Along with its bike-friendly program, DNC, along with other local businesses, hosts an annual Grand Canyon Sustainability Fair, Christiansen said.

“Bicycles are the most common item brought in for repair by community members,” she said.

The League of American Bicyclists celebrates the communities, businesses and universities joining the movement to make biking better each year through its Bicycle Friendly America awards.

"There are few better grassroots ways to make bicycling an easy transportation choice for people than by destinations — the places we want and need to go — becoming Bicycle Friendly Businesses," said Bill Nesper, executive director of the League of American Bicyclists. "We’re thrilled that these 153 businesses are part of this movement to make our communities stronger, safer, and more connected through bicycling."

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