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|Congratulations, Grand Rapids Receives Bronze - Bicycle Friendly Community Award|
|Published on June 15, 2013||Email To Friend Print Version
From the Grand Rapids Herald Review
As bicycling continues to grow in popularity, leaders in cities across the country, like Grand Rapids, Minn., are embracing the environmental, financial and quality of life benefits that come with a population that likes to ride. Today, the League of American Bicyclists announced the latest round of Bicycle Friendly Communities (BFC) and Grand Rapids has been named a Bronze recipient of the award.
“We are inspired when we see places like Grand Rapids making bicycling safer and more convenient,” said Andy Clarke, President of the League of American Bicyclists. “We know that investment will be returned many times over in the health, environmental, transportation, and quality of life benefits of a thriving, attractive community.”
The BFC program is transforming the way communities evaluate their quality of life, sustainability and transportation networks, while allowing them to benchmark their progress toward improving their bicycle-friendliness. With this impressive round, there are now 259 BFCs in 47 states across America. The Bronze Level BFC award recognizes Grand Rapids’ commitment to improving conditions for bicycling through investment in bicycling promotion, education programs, infrastructure and pro-bicycling policies.
“We have made some great advances around bicycle infrastructure in the past few years including the Horseshoe Lake/Isleview Trail, Fourth Street SW, and other important connections in the multi-use trail system,” states Tom Pagel, City of Grand Rapids Administrator. “As we continue to evolve as a community we hope to climb the award level of being a Bike Friendly Community.”
The BFC program provides a roadmap to building a Bicycle Friendly Community and the application itself has become a rigorous and an educational tool in itself. Since its inception, more then 500 distinct communities have applied and the five levels of the award – diamond, platinum, gold, silver and bronze – provide a clear incentive for communities to continuously improve.
To apply or learn more about the free BFC program, visit bikeleague.org/community. To help Grand Rapids and Itasca County become more bike friendly contact Meghan Bown, Get Fit Itasca/SHIP Community Health Coordinator at 218-327-1161 or [email protected].