Congratulations to the city of Troy for achieving Bicycle Friendly Community status.
The League of American Bicyclists today officially awarded the city – along with Athens and Oberlin – the bronze status, the first rung of the Bicycle Friendly Community ladder.
In all, Ohio now has a dozen bike friendly communities, including Dayton, all at the bronze level.
The league announced the new awards going to 25 cities across the nation. Four other cities, including Louisville, moved up a notch. Louisville just achieved silver status, the second level.
Troy Mayor Michael L. Beamish said he was excited and honored to get the national recognition.
“To be named a Bicycle Friendly Community is something we’ve been shooting for for a number of years,” Beamish said. “We were honorable mention for the last few years. And we kept working and plugging away.”
Beamish set up a Mayor’s Bicycling Committee to work on meeting the goals that the league has set for gaining the status.
The league’s Bicycle Friendly America program provides “a roadmap, hands-on assistance and recognition” to help states, regions, cities, businesses and universities make bicycling “a real transportation option for all people,” the website states.
The goal, the league says, is to create an environment “welcomes bicyclists by providing safe accommodations for bicycling and encouraging people to bike for transportation and recreation.”
“A bicycle-friendly place makes bicycling safe, comfortable, and convenient for people of all ages and abilities.” — League of American Bicyclists
With the new announcement, the league now has 350 communities in all 50 states that have achieved Bicycle Friendly Communities status. The league estimates a total of 69 million people now live in a Bicycle Friendly Community.
Mayor Beamish said he’s happy his city is leading the way. For one, he said, it gives Troy a competitive advantage.
“I’m an enthusiastic supporter, because I believe this is just a piece of an overall picture to try to have activities for all ages and all citizens and try to bring people into our community who might want to live and raise a family and play and work here,” Beamish said.
“And certainly our bike trail system is wonderful and our park system is wonderful. It’s just another piece in a bigger puzzle to try to have a skilled workforce and have people coming into our community and know there are cultural and recreational activities for all.”
Well said, Mr. Mayor.
Ken McCall is the database reporter for the Dayton Daily News and an avid cyclist. He is a member of Bike Miami Valley, where he serves as co-chairman of the Regional Advocacy Committee; the Dayton Cycling Club; the Ohio Bike Federation; and the League of American Bicyclists. If you have any story ideas or bike news, contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (937) 225-2393.