October 22, 2013
The City of Houghton Named a Silver Level Bicycle Friendly Community by the League of American Bicyclists
Washington, D.C. – Oct. 15, 2013 – An increasing number of city leaders in communities across the country, including the City of Houghton, are embracing the environmental, financial and quality of life benefits that come with a Bicycle Friendly Community. They are recognizing that bicycling can be the solution to many community challenges. Today, the League of American Bicyclists is announcing the latest round of Bicycle Friendly Community (BFC) awards and the City of Houghton has been named a silver level BFC.
The City of Houghton is playing a critical part in creating a truly Bicycle Friendly America," said Andy Clarke, President of the League of American Bicyclists. "We know Houghton’s investment in bicycling will be returned many times over in the health, environmental, and quality of life benefits of a thriving community.”
The BFC 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 BFCs in 48 states across America. The silver BFC award recognizes Houghton’s commitment to improving conditions for bicycling through investment in bicycling promotion, education programs, infrastructure and pro-bicycling policies.
In order to continually improve the biking experience in Houghton, the Bike and Pedestrian Committee is working to implement the goals and strategies listed in the Non-Motorized Transportation Plan of 2013. Houghton’s new Master Plan includes a five-year action plan to prepare for the next level of bike-friendly status.
The BFC program provides a roadmap to building a Bicycle Friendly Community and the application itself has become a rigorous and an educational tool in itself. Since its inception, more then 500 distinct 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.
To learn more about biking in the City of Houghton, visit cityofhoughton.com/rec-non-motorized.php.