Earlier this year, The City of Ypsilanti applied for a renewal of the League of American Bicyclists’ prestigious Bicycle Friendly Community award. It has long been a goal of this city to be a recognized leader for the work our Mayor, City Council, City Manager, City Planning & Public Services Departments, transportation professionals, and local citizens have put in over the years to make our community more accessible by bike. Today, we’re proud to be part of the nearly 500 communities across the United States that are transforming America one Bicycle Friendly Community at a time.
“Biking has the power to transform our nation economically, environmentally, and socially and it’s so important that communities like Ypsilanti have laid the groundwork over several years to make biking a safe, accessible option for all. With many more Americans turning to biking as a fun way to get outdoors and as a necessary transportation option, we must keep the momentum to build a Bicycle Friendly America for everyone going,” said Bill Nesper, executive director of the League of American Bicyclists. “This Bicycle Friendly Community award is the culmination of years of work put in by Ypsilanti and its citizen advocates for better biking. In this award round, Ypsilanti joins 57 new and renewing Bicycle Friendly Communities in the movement toward healthier, more sustainable, and connected places. As we gear up for what we hope to be a transformational new year for biking investment, we’re grateful that Ypsilanti and communities like it are pedaling alongside us to power the better bicycling movement.”
People across our community are biking more than ever, for commuting to essential jobs, trips to the store, and recreation. The Bronze level BFC award recognizes Ypsilanti‘s commitment to improving conditions for all people who bike through investments in bike education programs, bike events that promote and encourage people to choose biking, pro-bike policies, and bike infrastructure. We can’t wait for future events where we can all celebrate this award and our achievements for building a better community together.
Learn more about the League’s Bicycle Friendly Community program at bikeleague.org/community.