Did You Know?

A bicycle commuter who rides four miles to work, five days a week, avoids 2,000 miles of driving and about 2,000 pounds of CO2 emissions each year.

Congratulations 2014 Illinois Bike Friendly Communities

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The League of American Bicyclists recently announced its Fall 2014 list of Bike Friendly Communities (BFC), with Elgin and Urbana netting new honors.

Elgin received an Honorable Mention and Urbana leapt from Bonze to Gold level. (Elgin also received an Active Trans award this year for the outstanding renovation of its Riverside Drive Promenade and bike path.)  

The Bicycle Friendly Community program provides a roadmap to improve accommodations for bicycling and encouraging people to bike for transportation and recreation.

Communities receive designations from Platinum to Bronze based on meeting criteria of the Five E’s: engineering, education, encouragement, enforcement and evaluation.

Nine Illinois communities have received BFC designations and six earned Honorable Mentions. A full list of Bike Friendly Communities is here.

Elgin is already planning next steps. According to the city’s Bike and Pedestrian Advisory Committee, “Achieving BFC recognition will fulfill one of the recommendations of the Elgin Bikeway Master Plan. Continuing to improve that status will make Elgin a more vibrant destination for residents and visitors — a place where people don't just work and live, but thrive.”

Congratulations Elgin, Urbana and all Illinois Bike Friendly Communities!