Gone Platinum.

by Jennah Dunham

We are proud to receive a Platinum Level Bicycle Friendly Business (BFB) award for 2021 from the League of American Bicyclists.
The Platinum Level is the highest recognition in the League’s Bicycle Friendly Business program. We were a little surprised but also proud to learn that Kitsbow is the only business in the nation to have earned the Platinum distinction in this announcement. 

The BFB program recognizes businesses for their efforts to increase ridership and foster a positive bicycling culture in the workplace with a focus on Engineering, Education, Encouragement, Evaluation & Planning, and Equity & Inclusion. 

Kitsbow and our Old Fort Ride House are positioned a stone’s throw away from the trails and public land of Pisgah National Forest.

Our CEO, David Billstrom, explained, “The award reflects the impact Kitsbow and the Old Fort Ride House are making in the community, the public lands, and the Western North Carolina region generally. Community participation in the survey was fantastic!"

David also adds: "We are also humbled to be included in such a forward-thinking collection of bicycle advocates, joining other businesses that have worked for years and decades to enable, support, and promote bicycle use. For example, Liberty Bicycles and New Belgium Brewing, both in nearby Asheville, earned Platinum status long before Kitsbow."

Kitsbow was founded to create more inclusive and sustainable apparel and the Kitsbow Ride House exists to bring people together, celebrate mountain biking and the outdoors, and offer a ‘base camp’ for a fantastic trail experience in Old Fort and the Pisgah National Forest.

We are committed to helping develop Old Fort as the country’s next mountain bike destination with our partners, U.S. Forest ServiceG5 Trail Collective, Friends of the Fonta Flora State Trail, and People on the Move for Old Fort. We invite you to come experience the bicycle friendly community we’ve created at Kitsbow and the Old Fort Ride House. 

Learn more about Bicycle Friendly Businesses here