Sheboygan County is named a Bronze Level Bicycle Friendly Community by the League of American Bicyclists
Washington, D.C. – September 14, 2011 – The League of American Bicyclists names Sheboygan County as a Bronze Level Bicycle Friendly Community (BFC) during their 2011 Fall awards announcement. “The League congratulates Sheboygan County and all of our BFC winners for implementing successful, long-term bicycle plans and programs that provide quality of life improvements for their citizens,” said League President Andy Clarke. “Even in tough economic times it is clear that communities are choosing investment in bicycling as a key to building the places people want to live, work and visit.” These awarded communities now bring the total of BFCs across the country to 190 in 46 states.
The BFC award recognizes Sheboygan County’s commitment to improving conditions for bicycling through investment in bicycling promotion, education programs, infrastructure and pro-bicycling policies. The BFC judges were particularly impressed with Sheboygan County’s current and future infrastructure improvements and the non-infrastructure efforts such as Bike & Walk to Work Week, the ReBike program, and the Walking School Bus program. They were especially impressed with the latter non-infrastructure programs in that they are nearly entirely run by volunteers and have a wide range of community support.
At the local level, County Board Chairman Michael Vandersteen added, “We are proud of the efforts and dedication our citizens have made towards bicycling the past four years. We hope that dedication continues well into the future.” County Administrator Adam Payne also added, “We are inspired by the tireless efforts of individuals and groups, from everyday cyclists to local government leaders to build a great community for bicycling. To be one of only five other counties in the entire nation and one of only four other communities in the state to receive this type of designation is something special.” Aaron Brault, County Planning & Conservation Director, credits Dirk Zylman and the Citizens Advisory Committee for their key leadership in making this distinction happen.
The BFC program is revolutionizing how communities evaluate their quality of life, sustainability and transportation networks, all while allowing them to benchmark their progress and work toward improving their bicycle-friendliness. The application to become a BFC is rigorous and an educational tool in itself; currently there are 190 of the 490 total applicants have a BFC four-year designation. The renewal process and four levels of the award – platinum, gold, silver and bronze – provide a clear incentive for communities to continuously improve.
To apply or learn more about the free BFB program, visit the League online at bikeleague.org/community.
About the Bicycle Friendly America Program
The Bicycle Friendly Community, Bicycle Friendly State, Bicycle Friendly Business and Bicycle Friendly University programs are generously supported by program partners Bikes Belong and Trek Bicycle’s One World, Two Wheels Campaign. To learn more about building a Bicycle Friendly America, visit http://www.bikeleague.org/programs/bicyclefriendlyamerica/
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.