And the Bike-Friendly Business Award Goes to…

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Quick, what do a global financial firm and a neighborhood bakery have in common? Bike-friendliness, as you may have guessed. Credit Suisse and Birdbath Neighborhood Green Bakery were recognized by the city today in the first annual Bike-Friendly Business Competition. Credit Suisse won top honors in the "Commuting Cyclists" category for its sterling indoor bike facilities. Birdbath took the prize for "Working Cyclists" thanks to its use of cargocycles to make deliveries.

The winners were announced at a ceremony held by DOT and Transportation Alternatives. "Employers hold many of the cards when it comes to making New York City a bike-friendly place," said T.A.'s Paul Steely White. "When they support bike commuters or conduct business by bicycle, they make it that much easier for New Yorkers to do the right thing."

A photo of Credit Suisse's marble-walled bike parking room comes after the jump.

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The Credit Suisse "Bike Spa." From the press release about the awards:

At its buildings at 24 East 24th Street and at One Madison Avenue in Manhattan, Credit Suisse’s entrances provide easy access for those with bicycles. Employees also have access to secure bicycle rooms where they can register their bikes and receive swipe-card access, along with bike identification tags. Air pumps to fill flat tires are located in the room, which also displays promotional materials for cycling activities. Credit Suisse promotes the availability of bike parking to its employees, and they are further encouraged by an employee discount to a health club next door, where showers and lockers are available.

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The winners pose with Paul Steely White and DOT Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan.