PIQUA, Ohio (WDTN) – The City of Piqua has been recognized for being bicycle friendly.
The city was awarded the Bronze Level Bicycle Friendly Community (BFC) award by the League of American Bicyclists.
The Bronze Level BFC award recognizes the dedication to improving cycling conditions by investing in education programs, bike infrastructure, and promoting and encouraging bicycling through pro-bicycling policies and events.
“We applaud communities like the City of Piqua for making bicycling a safe, comfortable, and convenient option for transportation and recreation,” said Bill Nesper, Executive Director of the Leauge of American Bicyclists. “We are inspired by 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 public health and safety challenges faced at both the community and national levels”
Standards for how communities evaluate their quality of life, accessibility, and sustainability are set by the League of American Bicyclists’ Bicycle Friendly America program.
“Cultivating a bicycle-friendly culture promotes community health, quality of life and economic activity; and, it encourages a transportation alternative that is affordable and accessible to all,” says Chris Schmiesing, Community and Economic Development Director.
There are 475 Bicycle Friendly Communities across all 50 states and the District of Columbia, according to the League of American Bicyclists.
The League said more than 800 communities apply for recognition by the Bicycle Friendly Community program, creating a roadmap to making cycling better for communities.
The BFC has five levels: diamond, platinum, gold, silver, and bronze, promoting communities to continue to improve current bicycling conditions.
Communities that receive an award must renew their status every four years to ensure they continue to maintain and improve efforts towards creating a better community for bicycling.
Learn more about the League of American Bicyclists on their website.