Grand Junction recognized as a bronze-level Bicycle Friendly Community
The League of American Bicyclists recognized the City of Grand Junction with a Bronze Level Bicycle Friendly Community (BFCSM) award, joining 350 visionary communities from across the country. With the announcement of 42 new and renewing BFCs today, Grand Junction joins a leading group of communities, in all 50 states, that are transforming our neighborhoods. The award will be presented to City Council during their regular July 1 meeting.
According to Julie Sabin, co-chair of the Urban Trails Committee, “This recognition is timely with the recent re-establishment of the Urban Trails Committee as an advisory board to the City Council on active transportation, the emphasis on funding Safe Routes to School Projects and the City signing onto the US Dept. of Transportation’s Mayor’s Challenge for Safer People and Safer Streets. The designation recognizes all the great trails and bikeways we’ve established over the years and gives us some additional goals to work toward.”
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 350 BFCs in all 50 states. The Bronze Level BFC award recognizes the City’s commitment to improving conditions for bicycling through investment in bicycling promotion, education programs, infrastructure and pro-bicycling policies.
“We applaud this new round of communities for investing in a more sustainable future for the country and a healthier future for their residents and beyond,” said Andy Clarke, President of the League of American Bicyclists. “The growing number of leaders taking up bicycling as a way of solving many complex community problems is encouraging. 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.”
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