|Date:||November 30, 2017|
On November 30th, the League of American Bicyclists recognized Bath, Maine with a Bronze Level, Bicycle Friendly Community Award, Joining over 400 visionary communities across the country.
With the announcement of 65 new and renewing BFCs today, Bath 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 Level Award recognizes Bath’s commitment to improving conditions for bicycling through investment in bicycling promotion, education programs, infrastructure and pro-bicycling policies.
“The City of Bath Bicycle and Pedestrian Committee has been in existence for six years, and accomplished many of the goals established in the first Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan. One of the highlights of the original plan was the adoption by the City Council of a Complete Streets Policy. The Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan has recently been revised with new goals to meet the needs of pedestrians and bicyclists in Bath , “ said Kevin Shute, Chairperson of the Bath Bicycle and Pedestrian Committee.
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 it’s inception, more that 800 distinct communities have applied and the five levels of the award – diamond, platinum, gold , silver and bronze – provide clear incentive for communities to continuously improve.
To apply or learn more about the BFC program visit bikeleague.org/community.