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Friday, June 13, 2014

Fit Philosophie Becomes First “Bike Friendly Destination” in Fort Thomas

 Jennifer Lynn with the President of Queen City Bike, Frank Henson
Jennifer Lynn, owner of Fit Philosophie, was recognized by Queen City Bike as a “Bike Friendly Business” in front of City Hall in Downtown Cincinnati in June. Lynn had to apply to a panel to show that her business values bicyclists by providing them with necessary accommodations not typically found at other businesses.

“Items such as providing a shower to riders, having a bike rack available and water. Things like that,” said Nern Ostendorf, Executive Director of Queen City Bike. “We have an amazing diversity of businesses and organizations. From schools and churches to powerhouse Fortune 500 companies downtown. We even had our first car dealership become bike friendly this year.”

Queen City Bike began in 2011 with 15 businesses participating. Last year they surpassed 100. The City of Newport recognized bike month by having a public proclamation that they would encourage more businesses to become apart of this organization.

Lynn, whose business is a “gold level” destination wanted to take the lead in Fort Thomas. “Momentum is building for our city to become more rideable so providing amenities that my customers need was the next logical step,” she said.

Lynn also partnered with the City of Fort Thomas to design and build a custom bike rack outside of Fit Philosophie at 911 N. Fort Thomas Avenue.

The design for the "Fit Philosophie" bike rack in front of 911 N. Fort Thomas Ave. Fit Philopsophie paid for 75% of the bike rack while the city kicked in 25%. 

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