Congratulations to the city of Urbana on the renewal of their Gold designation as a Bicycle Friendly Community and to the town of Normal and city of Warrenville on the renewal of their Bronze designations! Congratulations, also, to the village of Hoffman Estates on their Honorable Mention!
The Bicycle Friendly Community (BFC) program is managed by the League of American Bicyclists, with input from local advocacy organizations such as Ride Illinois. “Ride Illinois congratulations these three cities for their continued commitment to win bicycle-friendly status,” said Ride Illinois Chief Programs Officer Ed Barsotti. Ride Illinois has helped each of these communities over the years, and we are a resource for other towns that want to win the designation, too.
“We applaud these communities for making bicycling a safe and convenient option for transportation and recreation,” said Bill Nesper, executive director of 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.”
Illinois has a total of 19 Bicycle Friendly Communities. Champaign, Chicago and Evanston are Silver level BFC’s. Our state’s other Bronze level BFC’s are Aurora, Batavia, Carbondale, DeKalb, Elmhurst, Glenview, Highland Park, Naperville, Oak Park, Schaumburg, Springfield, Washington and Wilmette. Crystal Lake and Libertyville received Honorable Mentions this spring.
Our state also has 21 Bicycle Friendly Businesses and 10 Bicycle Friendly Universities. For a complete list of the Bicycle Friendly America designations for our state, visit https://bikeleague.org/bfa/awards.
The Bicycle Friendly America program provides incentives, hands-on assistance, and award recognition for communities, universities and businesses that actively support bicycling, and ranks states annually based on their level of bike-friendliness. More information on the Bicycle Friendly America program is available on the League of American Bicyclists website.