The City of Beavercreek is proud to share that it has been named a Bronze-level Bicycle Friendly Community by the League of American Bicyclists for its efforts to build better places for people to bike. The City of Beavercreek first received this recognition in 2019 and is among 480 communities across the country in the movement for safer streets and better bicycling for everyone.
The award recognizes the city for its continued commitment to creating transportation and recreational resources that benefit its residents of all ages and abilities while encouraging healthier and more sustainable transportation choices. This round of awards includes 58 new and renewing awardees, joining a total of 480 current Bicycle Friendly Communities in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.
The city’s Bikeway and Non-motorized Transportation Advisory Committee (BANTAC) submitted the award application. BANTAC’s vision is to advance the City of Beavercreek as a friendly neighborhood community where bicycling and nonmotorized travel are encouraged, and where bikeways, multiuse paths, and other facilities are provided to enhance the year-round safety, convenience, enjoyment, and health of all citizens.
“I am proud of our community's commitment to enhancing accessibility and promoting healthier lifestyles through biking,” said Randy Burkett, who is the city’s Planning and Development Director and assisted with BANTAC’s application. “Continuing the city’s recognition as a Bronze-level Bicycle Friendly Community by the League of American Bicyclists is a testament to the city’s on-going dedication to promoting safer streets and encouraging sustainable transportation choices."
More than 870 communities have applied for recognition by the Bicycle Friendly Community program, which provides a roadmap to making biking better for communities of all shapes and sizes. While the award process considers very visible elements such as bike infrastructure, other essential elements include efforts around adult and youth bike education, encouragement through events like Bike to Work Day, evaluation mechanisms, and enforcement all through the lens of equity. The rigorous application process is an educational tool in itself, and includes an opportunity for local bicyclists and active transportation advocates to provide input on their experiences and perceptions of bicycling in their community.
The five levels of the BFC award – diamond, platinum, gold, silver and bronze, plus an honorable mention category – provide a clear incentive for communities to continuously improve. Awarded communities must renew their status every four years to ensure that they not only maintain existing efforts, but also keep up with changing technology, national safety standards, and community-driven best practices.
To learn more about the BFC program, visit bikeleague.org/community.