DATE: October 17, 2013
Broward County was named a Bronze Level Bicycle Friendly Community.
MEDIA CONTACT: Richard Tornese, Director
Broward County Highway Construction and Engineering Division
BROWARD COUNTY, Fla. - An increasing number of communities across the country are embracing the environmental, financial and quality of life benefits that come from comprehensive planning and redevelopment with the bicyclist in mind. Today, the League of American Bicyclists announced the latest round of Bicycle Friendly Community awards, and Broward County has received Bronze-level recognition.
"Broward County is playing a critical part in creating a truly Bicycle Friendly America," said Andy Clarke, president of the League of American Bicyclists. "We know Broward County's investment in bicycling will be returned many times over in the quality of life benefits of their thriving community.”
The Bicycle Friendly Community program is transforming 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 291 Bicycle Friendly Communities in 48 states across America. The Bronze BFC award recognizes Broward County's commitment to improving conditions for bicycling through investment in bicycling promotion, education programs, infrastructure and pro-bicycling policies.
“This program recognizes that bicycling is not just about fun, but also fitness, health, mobility and sustainability,” said Broward County Mayor Kristin Jacobs, an avid bicyclist herself. “Bicycle friendly communities are great places to live and work. I am so pleased that Broward County has reached this level of achievement in building a bicycle-friendly community, and we’re not going to stop here!”
The BFC program provides a roadmap to building a Bicycle Friendly Community and the application itself has become a rigorous and an educational tool. Since its inception, more than 500 communities have applied and the five levels of the award – diamond, platinum, gold, silver and bronze – provide a clear incentive for communities to continuously improve.
To apply or learn more about the free BFC program, visit bikeleague.org/community. The League of American Bicyclists promotes bicycling for fun, fitness and transportation and works through advocacy and education for a bicycle-friendly America. The League represents the interests of America's 57 million bicyclists, including its 300,000 members and affiliates. For more information or to support the League, visit www.bikeleague.org.