On November 16, 2015:
Today the League of American Bicyclists announced 55 new and renewing Bicycle Friendly Communities (BFC). Piqua was one of eighteen communities receiving their first “Bicycle Community Friendly” designation under the League’s Bicycle Friendly America Program.
The Bicycle Friendly America program recognizes states, communities, universities, and businesses for their efforts to create a bicycle-friendly environment. A Bicycle Friendly location is described as a place that welcomes bicyclists and makes bicycling safe, comfortable, and convenient for people of all ages and abilities. The program is voluntary and interested parties submit an application to request consideration for recognition. After reviewing the application and visiting the community, the League offers feedback to inform the applicant of the findings of their evaluation and to suggest next steps as they move forward with efforts to become a bicycle friendly destination. If the League decides the progress to date is worthy of recognition, they offer an Honorable Mention or recognize the community with a Bronze, Silver, Gold, Platinum, or Diamond Bicycle Friendly designation.
“Winning a Bicycle Friendly Community designation shows a community’s dedication to creating safer and better places to ride your bike,” said Alex Doty, Executive Director of the League of American Bicyclists. Piqua City Planner, Chris Schmiesing noted, “The Bronze Bicycle Friendly Community designation from the League of American Bicyclists rightly recognizes the ongoing efforts by groups like Bike Piqua and others to cultivate safe cycling opportunities and a bicycle friendly culture in Piqua. I see the community continuing to improve in this area to perhaps one day receiving a Diamond designation from the League.”
To view the League’s announcement of this recognition and to learn more about the Bicycle friendly program please visit.
Chris Schmiesing, City Planner
Phone (937) 778-2049