Mayor James Ireton, Jr. is pleased to announce that the League of American Bicyclists has recognized Salisbury with a bronze Bicycle Friendly Community (BFCSM) award. Salisbury joins 350 other visionary communities across the country in receiving this distinction.
With the announcement of 42 new and renewing Bicycle Friendly Communities, Salisbury joins a leading group of communities, in all 50 states, that are transforming our neighborhoods.
“We applaud this new round of communities for investing in a more sustainable future for the country and a healthier future for their residents and beyond,” said Andy Clarke, President of the League of American Bicyclists. “The growing number of leaders taking up bicycling as a way of solving many complex community problems is encouraging. We look forward to continuing to work with these communities as we move closer to our mission of creating a bicycle-friendly America for everyone.”
The BFC program is revolutionizing 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 round, there are now 350 BFCs in all 50 states. The bronze BFC award recognizes Salisbury’s commitment to improving conditions for bicycling through investment in bicycling promotion, education programs, infrastructure and pro-bicycling policies.
“We are honored to have been awarded bronze BFC status, and we are proud of the work our community—particularly Matt Drew and BikeSBY—has put in to get us to this point,” said Mayor Ireton. “This is a perfect example of a well-organized group of citizens making their voices heard in City Hall.”
“I am so proud to see that the efforts of City leadership, staff, and BikeSBY have resulted in this coveted award,” said City Council President, Jake Day. “Our investments in a more bike-able Salisbury will help us in our pursuit of a more prosperous Salisbury.”
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 than 800 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.