• City of Stillwater, MN named a Bronze-level Bicycle Friendly Community by the League of American Bicyclists

  • On December 8, 2021, the League of American Bicyclists honored the efforts of Stillwater, MN to build better places for people to bike with a Bronze-level Bicycle Friendly Community (BFC) award. Stillwater joins 497 communities across the country in the movement for safer streets and better bicycling for everyone. The award recognizes Stillwater for its commitment to creating transportation and recreational resources that benefit its residents of all ages and abilities while encouraging healthier and more sustainable transportation choices, through investments in bike education programs, regular bike events that promote and encourage people to choose biking, pro-bike policies, and bike infrastructure.
     
    Mayor Ted Kozlowksi notes “One of our city’s goals is to make this community a welcome destination for all, including bicyclists and pedestrians.  We are grateful for the collaborative efforts of community members and organizations and the City, in particular the leadership of Sustainable Stillwater, to achieve this designation and intend to keep improving our trail network and recreation systems into the future for healthier living opportunities for our citizens and visitors.”
     
    More than 850 communities have applied for recognition by the Bicycle Friendly Community program.  The application and award process is very rigorous and comprehensive and considers elements such as bike infrastructure as well as other essential elements including efforts around adult and youth bike education, encouragement through events like Bike to Work Day, evaluation mechanisms, and enforcement all through the lens of equity.  The application process also includes an opportunity for local bicyclists and active transportation advocates to provide input on their experiences and perceptions of bicycling in their community.  
     
    There are five levels of the BFC award – diamond, platinum, gold, silver and bronze, plus an honorable mention category.  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 League of American Bicyclists and the BFC program, visit bikeleague.org.
     

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