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Richardson Named Bronze Bicycle Friendly Community

Richardson is one of only four communities in Texas to receive national recognition in 2019

Post Date:05/14/2019 1:00 PM

(Richardson, TX) – The League of American Bicyclists announced today that it has recognized Richardson with its Bronze Bicycle Friendly Community (BFC) award, joining 475 communities across the country in building better places for people to ride a bike. This year’s award reaffirms Richardson’s position, which was first awarded to the city in 2015. With today’s announcement of 39 new and renewing BFCs, Richardson joins a team of communities that are transforming the American landscape and leading on livability measurements important to community members.

“We are proud to once again receive the Bicycle Friendly Community Award,” said Richardson Mayor Paul Voelker. “The City Council has made becoming a more bicycle friendly city a priority over the past several years, with several miles of bike lanes added each year. We are happy with our continued recognition in this program and we continue to seek opportunities to grow our status as we look at new and redevelopment opportunities across the community.”

The League of American Bicyclists’ Bicycle Friendly America program sets the standard for how communities evaluate their quality of life, sustainability and accessibility, while allowing them to benchmark progress toward making biking better. With this latest round of new and renewing awardees, there are 475 Bicycle Friendly Communities in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. The Bronze BFC award recognizes Richardson’s commitment to improving conditions for bicycling through investments in bike infrastructure, education programs, and promoting and encouraging bicycling through events and pro-bicycling policies.

“We applaud communities like Richardson for making bicycling a safe, comfortable, and convenient option for transportation and recreation,” said Bill Nesper, Executive Director of the League 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.”

More than 800 communities have applied for recognition by the Bicycle Friendly Community program, which provides a roadmap to making biking better for communities of all shapes and sizes. The rigorous application process is an educational tool in itself, and includes an opportunity for local bicyclists to provide input on their experiences and perceptions of bicycling in their community.  

The five levels of the BFC award—diamond, platinum, gold, silver and bronze, plus an honorable mention category—provide a clear incentive for communities to continuously improve. Awarded communities must renew their status every four years to ensure that they not only maintain existing efforts, but also keep up with changing technology, national safety standards and community-driven best practices.  

To learn more about the BFC program, visit www.bikeleague.org/community.

 

About the League of American Bicyclists
The League of American Bicyclists leads the national movement to create a Bicycle Friendly America for everyone. With a history dating to 1880, the League is committed to engaging diverse communities and building a powerful, unified voice for change around protecting and promoting bicyclists’ rights. Learn more at www.bikeleague.org.

About the City of Richardson
The City of Richardson is widely recognized for its commitment to excellence, its rich history and its bright future, all of which make Richardson a smart choice for residents and businesses. Known globally for its high-tech business leadership, the City of Richardson also offers a high quality of life, diverse array of neighborhoods, convenient Metroplex location, multi-modal transportation infrastructure and outstanding City services. Richardson has been repeatedly recognized as one of the top places to live and work by the national media, and the City remains dedicated to continuous improvement, as well as to the principles of open government and two-way communications with residents. To learn more, visit www.cor.net.