High School Bike League

Bike Leagues Build Business

Starting a high school mountain bike league in your community is a proven way to boost business for your shop. National Interscholastic Cycling Association (NICA) leagues create cycling families. And the bike shops that sponsor them reap most of the sales.

According to a 2011 study by the NICA, 67% of male high school racers inspire their dads to ride, and 37% of female racers get their moms into riding.

Resources for Starting a Bike League

1. Find the Right League
There’s a NICA League to suit every level of sponsorship and involvement. Visit NICA’s Start a League page to find the best match for your business.

2. Partner with an Advocate
Don’t do it alone! Check out the U.S. Regional Advocate map on NICA’s site to find other boosters in your state. Working together, you can submit a bid for creating a new league.

3. Get Free Advice from QBP’s Advocacy Director Gary Sjoquist, QBP advocacy director, played a major role in creating the Minnesota High School Mountain Bike League. He is available to provide guidance and answer questions about all aspects of creating a bike league. Contact him for details about: High School Bike League

  • Overall process and timelines
  • Self-funding and insurance
  • Encouragement and inspiration
Leagues are the Future of Mountain Biking

"At Erik's, we think the NICA leagues are an awesome investment in the future of mountain biking. Not only is it a great sport for these high school students—we see entire families getting into the sport due to their kids' involvement. It's a great combination!
Erik Saltvold, Owner and Founder, Erik’s Bikes and Boards

A.C.E.

We give six percent of our annual after-tax profits to a range of national and local bicycle related charities. Through our Advocacy, Community Service and Environment (ACE) program, we empower employees to do volunteer work; develop and participate in environmental initiatives; and advocate for expanding the presence of bicycles on the streets and within American culture.

It's about involving employees, community members and businesses to use bike advocacy as a tool to get more people riding more often, promote social justice and build a more sustainable, bike-friendly planet.

Habitat For Humanity

Our vision is to inspire others to make their communities more livable, healthier, bike-friendly places, and work toward the creation of a globally sustainable civilization.

To learn more about the ACE program contact Seth Nesselhuf, ACE director at snesselh@qbp.com or call 952.941.9778 ext. 1125.

Advocacy

"We believe in this transformative power of the bicycle—that communities can get healthier; that kids can get healthier; that schools and businesses can use cycling as an economic driver so that the community itself gets fiscally or financially healthier."

Gary Sjoquist, QBP Advocacy Director

See how QBP helped bring new life to the iron range.

QBP Advocacy: Working to Get Every Butt on a Bike

Creating new places to ride is one of the most important things we do. After all, our products are used and enjoyed on bike lanes, bike paths, and mountain bike trails. We lobby for federal funds in Washington, D.C. and work with state departments of transportation as well as create and strengthen local advocacy groups to work on grassroot efforts:
Bicycle Infrastructure Tour

  • Regional/Statewide Advocacy Organizations — QBP believes in supporting the emergence of regional or statewide advocacy organizations that promote advocacy in cooperation with local government
  • Trail Cycling — whether for mountain biking or multiuse paths, recreational cycling on trails has proven to drive sales
  • Educational, Community Building Cycling Efforts — QBP believes in supporting local grass roots efforts that engage cyclists and support signature projects that have a high ratio of cost to impact. By promoting cycling, we are fighting poverty, overcoming transportation and employment issues, and promoting a healthy lifestyle in underserved communities
  • Transportation Policy — QBP believes in helping fund and guide efforts to ensure that bicycles are an essential part of balanced transportation policy
QBP and the Advocacy team support many bicycle advocacy organizations including the following:

QBP Advocacy contact:
Gary Sjoquist gsjoquis@qbp.com
952.941.9391 ext. 1288

Community

"Community service is about sharing with each other an intended purpose to do good. When we do good for others, we feel good about who we are. . . . That's a part of us we all need just to be productive and happy within our day and within our lives."

Pam Hile, QBP Community Service Coordinator

The QBP Community Service Program helps employees volunteer time, make QBP-matched donations, and collects goods for charitable organizations. Collectively, our staff gives thousands of hours and dollars for the betterment of our community—locally and around the world. QBP actively works to engage our co-workers by matching each volunteer hour with a financial contribution to the organization or by providing 16 hours of paid volunteer time per year.

Food Drive

QBPers support many community service organizations including:

Check out our video about the Ogden Bike Collective.

Ogden Bike Collective

Creating Smiles with Free Bikes 4 Kidz

Each holiday season, the employees of QBP help collect and refurbish thousands of bikes by volunteering their time working with Twin Cities-based Free Bikes 4 Kidz. Employees help repair, clean and organize some of the 5000 bikes that are then given away to local youth. They provide valuable skills and in turn take advantage of QBP's paid volunteer program to help Free Bikes 4 Kidz realize their vision of getting kids on bikes. Along with volunteer help, QBP also provides many of the parts needed to give these bikes new life.

QBP Community Service Contact:
Pam Hile
phile@qbp.com
952.941.9391 ext. 1200

Environment

"We're not just doing this for the planet or the polar bears. Environmental sustainability is for the overall well-being of humankind. It's for our own health and happiness and for future generations."

Shae Strauss, QBP ACE Committee



Partnering for Lasting Change

Q-West

Sustainable business practices are deeply connected with the health of our planet. We constantly work to reduce waste, lower energy consumption, and find more efficient ways to get and distribute goods. As a wholesale distributor, we develop green supply chain initiatives—upstream and downstream. We reach out to other businesses and organizations, helping them incorporate sustainable practices. Working together, we can achieve lasting change that benefits our world for generations to come.

Supply Side Sustainability

Because we strive to use only sustainable products and materials, we examine everything that comes into QBP—from cleaning supplies to pens and paper.

We Care About Earth

We cover a lot of ground to reduce our environmental impact. Our facilities feature solar panels, comprehensive recycling, buildings made with repurposed materials and even on-site vermiculture composting. Both our Utah and Minnesota facilities feature solar arrays (40 kilowatt in Utah and 80 kilowatt in Minnesota), and they're both Gold LEED certified. We even help our dealers develop environmentally sustainable practices.

Shrinking Our Footprint With LEED

Leed Logo

QBP operates two environmentally sustainable distribution centers in Bloomington, MN and Ogden, UT. Built according to the LEED* standards established by the U.S. Green Council, the buildings are designed to save energy and resources, and minimally impact the environment. Our new distribution center being built in East Hempfield Township, PA, is also being built to LEED standards.

*Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design

Sustainable Landscape

Saving Energy and Reducing Waste

Combining advanced technology with sustainable construction practices, the facilities sip energy with high-efficiency lighting and appliances; and reduce rivers of wastewater to a trickle with innovative plumbing. A solar panel array crowns each building, creating clean, sustainable electricity. In Utah, the use of geothermal energy completely offsets the need for any natural gas. Our Pennsylvania site (to be opened in late 2014) will be our first distribution center with all LED lights in the warehouse and parking lot.

Softening Our Footprints

Treading lightly on the surrounding terrain, the structures rise up instead of out. That leaves more trees to drink up carbon and exhale fresh air. Any soil disturbed during construction was used to create new green space or utilized in the foundation.

Building Our Bottom Line

Not only are these buildings environmentally friendly, they're kind to the bottom line, too. Square foot for square foot, the energy-frugal facilities generate bigger long-term return on investment than conventionally built structures. Almost all of our sustainable features have an ROI of less than 10 years.

Cleaning the Rain in Minnesota

Our graded parking lot channels storm runoff into porous pavers and rain gardens where water is cleansed, and chemical pollutants broken into harmless elements. Much of the grounds are planted with drought-resistant native prairie grasses that don't need watering or maintenance. Plus, green plantings in the parking lot minimize heat island effect.

Solar Tubes
  • 95% of rainwater stays on our property—keeps surface waste out of local streams
  • Replenishes local ground water
  • We get money back from the city for storm-water runoff

Tour the Green Side of QBP in Minnesota and Utah

Learn more about the environmental features of our business by taking an eco-tour of QBP's LEED Gold Certified distribution center and office complex in Bloomington, Minnesota.

Eco-tours take place the first Wednesday of every month and are free and open to the public. To schedule a tour for your group, please contact green@qbp.com or call 952.941.9778.

Take a closer look at LEED technology

Commuting

"Our employees prove every day that there are more ways to get to work than by driving in a car alone. Last year QBP employees collectively biked over 350,000 miles. They biked, carpooled, motorcycled and walked a combined 750,000 miles."

Alice Erickson, QBP Commuter Advocate

Working Out to Work: The QBP Bike Commuting Program

The benefits of commuting by bike are far greater than saving money on gas and taking in some pleasant scenery. People who regularly bike to work enjoy better health, experience less stress, and are happier and more productive—at work and beyond. They are also doing their part to create a more sustainable environment. And what better way to experience the pure joy and freedom of cycling than gliding past traffic jams on your way to work?

That's why QBP does much more than encourage employees to bike to work. We actively support cycling as a way of life by providing:

Top 100 Commuters
  • Indoor and outdoor parking for hundreds of bikes
  • Lockers, showers and a towel service
  • Commuter credits for purchasing bike parts, accessories and apparel
  • Pro deals on bike products from select vendors
  • Maps and route information for novice commuters
  • Free breakfast on Bike to Work Days
  • Free lunch for bike commuters on Mondays

By rewarding employees who bike to work or use other earth-friendly modes of transport, we're taking a small—but bold—step toward an environmentally sustainable future.

Commuting Pays Off for Company, Community and Employees

We pay employees to ride their bikes to work. It's more than a feel-good initiative. The QBP Bike Commuting Program produces tangible benefits our company and the entire community by improving health and morale, lowering health care costs (between 2009 and 2011 we've lowered our health care costs 4.4%), reducing need for parking spaces, and producing less pollution and roadway congestion. But we do much more than simply encourage employees to bike to work. We actively support cycling as a way of life by providing:

Commuting
  • Indoor and outdoor parking for hundreds of bikes
  • Lockers, showers and a towel service
  • Commuter credits for purchasing bike parts, accessories and apparel
  • Pro deals on bike products from select vendors
  • Maps and route information for novice commuters
  • Free breakfast on Bike to Work Days

QBP awards credits to employees who travel to work via human power—biking, walking, running, skating, skiing, etc—or use alternative transportation options like buses, car pools or motorcycles. The more trips they log, the more credits they get. Our commuters cash in their credits for products like bikes, parts, accessories and apparel.

Launch Your Own Commuter Program

Bike commuters enjoy better health, an increased sense of community and pride about the work place that supports them. With a little planning and effort, you can create a thriving commuter program in your organization. We focus on bicycle commuting for obvious reasons, but you can take our program and apply it to any mode you wish. The key is supporting and recognizing the achievements of your commuters. Gift cards, prizes and cash incentives are popular options that could work for you.

We're happy to share our knowledge and experience. Hopefully, it will help you create a leaner, greener future for your organization.

Learn More about our commuting program

Help Your Commuters Rack Miles, Credits and Glory with Greenlightride.com

Greenlight Ride

Our free Greenlightride.com bike-commuting app makes it easy for anyone to track mileage, build credits, and participate on competitive teams similar to QBP's Commuter Bike League.

For more information about incorporating commuting incentives at your workplace, contact Alice Erickson, Commuter Advocacy Coordinator at QBP: aerickso@qbp.com.