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The City of Sequim has been named a Bronze level Bicycle Friendly Community (BFC) by the League of American Bicyclists. The league announced the new BFC awards on Wednesday, May 14, 2014 from their office in Washington, DC.
Sam Chandler of Ben’s Bikes, worked as a volunteer with the City to fill out the application that assesses the City’s support of bicycling based on engineering, education, evaluation and planning, enforcement, and encouragement of cycling.
“This round of applications overwhelmingly confirms what we heard from local elected officials at the National Bike Summit this year -- riding a bike embodies the quality-of-life aspirations of communities across the country,” said League President, Andy Clarke. “We’re excited that Sequim has made the smart and vital investments to become a designated Bicycle Friendly Community.”
Sequim is now one of eleven communities in the state of Washington with the BFC designation. The state of Washington is ranked as the number one bike friendly state by the League. With this round of awards, there are now 303 BFCs in 48 states across America. The Bronze BFC award recognizes Sequim’s commitment to improving conditions for bicycling through investment in bicycling promotion, education programs, infrastructure and pro-bicycling policies.
About the Bicycle Friendly America ProgramThe Bicycle Friendly America program provides incentives, hands-on assistance, and award recognition for communities, universities and businesses that actively support bicycling, and ranks states annually based on their level of bike friendliness. To learn more, visit http://www.bikeleaque.org/bfa
About the League of American BicyclistsThe League of American Bicyclists is leading the movement to create a Bicycle Friendly America for everyone. As leaders, our commitment is to listen and learn, define standards and share best practices to engage diverse communities and build a powerful, unified voice for change. With nearly 40 million Americans bicycling in 2012 and U.S. bike commuting increasing more than 61% from 2000 to 2012, there’s growing consensus that making biking better is a key component of a competitive, livable community. For more information, visit http://bikeleague.org