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City of Kirkwood named a Bronze-level Bicycle Friendly Community by the League of American Bicyclists

Post Date:06/11/2020 6:02 PM

The City of Kirkwood is now a League of American Bicyclists recognized Bronze-level Bicycle Friendly Community (BFC)!

In February, Kirkwood applied for the League of American Bicyclists’ prestigious Bicycle Friendly Community award. It has long been a goal of this city to be a recognized leader for the work our transportation professionals and local citizens have put in over the years to make our community more accessible by bike. Today, we’re proud to be part of the 482 communities across the United States that are transforming America one Bicycle Friendly Community at a time.

The League’s executive director, Bill Nesper, had this to say about our award, particularly at this time in our nation’s history: “Across the country, we have seen so many Americans biking during the pandemic. It’s critical that there are communities like Kirkwood taking the steps to make biking a safe, accessible option for people, whether they are commuting to essential jobs or looking for recreational options outside their homes. This award is the culmination of years of work put in by Kirkwood City Council and its citizen advocates for better biking. This award round, Kirkwood joins 38 new and renewing Bicycle Friendly Communities in the movement toward healthier, more sustainable and connected places. Our nation and the world is facing an acute public health crisis with long-term implications, and we’re proud that the City of Kirkwood and communities like it are embracing bicycling as a solution to our collective recovery.”

People across our community are biking more than ever, for commuting to essential jobs, trips to the store, and for recreation. The Bronze-level BFC award recognizes Kirkwood’s commitment to improving conditions for all people who bike through investments in bike education programs, bike events that promote and encourage people to choose biking, pro-bike policies, and bike infrastructure. We can’t wait for future events where we can all celebrate this award and our achievements for building a better community together.  

Learn more about the League’s Bicycle Friendly Community program at bikeleague.org/community.

BFC by rank_Spring 2020

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