Normal, Ill. – Feb. 2, 2024 – Today, the League of American Bicyclists honored the efforts of the Town of Normal to build better places for people to bike with a Bronze-level Bicycle Friendly Community (BFC) award.
Normal joins 480 communities across the country in the movement for safer streets and better bicycling for everyone.
“We appreciate this recognition honoring the Town for its commitment to creating transportation and recreational resources to benefit residents of all ages and abilities,” says Town of Normal Planner Mercy Davison. “We know our residents appreciate the availability of healthier and more sustainable transportation choices.”
The League of American Bicyclists’ Bicycle Friendly America program sets the standard for how communities build and benchmark progress toward making biking better. The League strives to provide continual updates to the application as part of our commitment to help communities raise their standards for safety, equity, and accessibility.
“Today, we celebrate 58 new and renewing Bicycle Friendly Communities that exemplify an ongoing commitment to make bicycling safe, comfortable, and accessible to all,” says Bill Nesper, executive director of the League of American Bicyclists. “This round of awards is a testament to the dedication of the growing network of changemakers who with the League are raising the standard of what it means to be a Bicycle Friendly Community.”
About the award
This round of awards includes 58 new and renewing awardees, joining a total of 480 current Bicycle Friendly Communities in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. The bronze BFC award recognizes Normal’s commitment to improving conditions for all people who bike through investments in bike education programs, regular bike events that promote and encourage people to choose biking, pro-bike policies, and bike infrastructure.
More than 870 communities 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 award process considers very visible elements such as bike infrastructure, as well as efforts like adult and youth bike education and encouragement through events like Bike to Work Day.
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 they maintain existing efforts and also keep up with changing technology, national safety standards and community-driven best practices.
To learn more about the BFC program, visit 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.
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