Henderson Wins Bicycle Friendly Community Award
League of American Bicyclists honors city for enhancing cycling amenities
May 14, 2014
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In celebration of National Bike to Work Week, the city of Henderson was recently named a Bicycle Friendly Community (BFC) at the bronze level by the League of American Bicyclists. The award recognizes communities for their efforts to increase bicycling and community achievements in five categories: Education, Encouragement, Enforcement, Engineering, and Evaluation & Planning.
According to the League of American Bicyclists, nearly 40 million Americans were bicycling in 2012 and U.S. bike commuting increased more than 61 percent from 2000 to 2012. With this, there is a growing consensus that making biking better is a key component of a competitive, livable community. Considered a roadmap to building a Bicycle Friendly Community, the BFC program is transforming the way communities evaluate their quality of life, sustainability and transportation networks.
“We are thrilled to be a Bicycle Friendly Community,” said Mayor Andy Hafen. “We are committed to the continual enhancement of our bicycling amenities and opportunities for years to come. By nurturing a cycling culture, we are enriching the quality of life for our community, while making Henderson a premier place to live, work and play.”
The League of American Bicyclists recognized Henderson for its commitment to improving conditions for bicycling. The city invested in bicycling promotion, education programs, infrastructure and pro-bicycling policies, and is now one of only 303 BFCs in 48 states across the nation.
Henderson’s successful application came as a result of a partnership with the city’s Bicycle Advisory Committee. With the committee’s guidance, the city launched Bike Henderson, a comprehensive bicycle program that supports and promotes a culture of bicycling in the community; unveiled BikeHenderson.org; introduced several signature events, including the Ciclovia-inspired Henderson Stroll ‘n Roll; and revealed the city’s master bike plan.
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