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City of Ypsilanti named a Bronze Level Bicycle Friendly Community by the League of American Bicyclists
Ypsilanti, MI, November 30th, 2017: Today, the League of American Bicyclists recognized the City of Ypsilanti with a Bronze Bicycle Friendly CommunitySM (BFCSM) award, joining over 400 visionary communities from across the country.
With the announcement of 65 new and renewing BFCs today, the City of Ypsilanti joins a leading group of communities, in all 50 states, that are transforming our neighborhoods.
“We applaud these communities for making bicycling a safe and convenient option for transportation and recreation,” said Bill Nesper, Executive Director at the League of American Bicyclists. “We are encouraged by the growing number of leaders who see bicycling as a way to build more vibrant, healthy, sustainable and connected communities and be a part of the solution to many complex challenges faced at both the community and national levels. We look forward to continuing to work with these communities as we move closer to our mission of creating a Bicycle Friendly America for everyone.”
The BFC program is revolutionizing 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 over 400 BFCs in all 50 states. The Bronze BFC award recognizes Ypsilanti’s commitment to improving conditions for bicycling through investment in bicycling promotion, education programs, infrastructure and pro-bicycling policies.
“The City is so excited to boast this designation. Our nonmotorized committee, dedicated staff and residents, and our enthusiastic bicycling community have worked hard to reduce barriers, create friendly and safe opportunities, and to promote our commitment to nonmotorized transportation,” said Amanda M. Edmonds, Mayor of the City of Ypsilanti. “Ypsilanti is taking great strides to be a sustainable community and to encourage healthy and economically resilient living. The regular community bike events and promotions are an asset to the community and the region. Although we are proud to receive a Bronze designation, I am confident that our planned and visioned improvements in coming years will help us get to the next level.”
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 than 800 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 BFC program, visit bikeleague.org/community.
About the Bicycle Friendly AmericaSM Program
The Bicycle Friendly CommunitySM, Bicycle Friendly StateSM, Bicycle Friendly Business and Bicycle Friendly UniversitySM programs are generously supported by program partner Eco-Counter and by League Members. To learn more about building a Bicycle Friendly America, visit www.bikeleague.org/BFA
The League of American Bicyclists is leading the movement to create a Bicycle Friendly America for everyone. As leaders, our commitment is to listen and learn, define standards and share best practices to engage diverse communities and build a powerful, unified voice for change.
The City of Ypsilanti has 20,000 residents, spans 4.5 square miles, and is known for its rich history, Huron River parks, and as the home of Eastern Michigan University. The City’s mission is to work creatively and collaboratively to enhance the natural and built environment so that its population grows and thrives. To keep up with City of Ypsilanti information, subscribe for email updates, and follow us on Twitter or on Facebook.