Shaker Heights Named Bronze Level Bicycle Friendly Community
League of American Bicyclists Recognizes City's Work
Dateline: May 18, 2016 - The League of American Bicyclists announced today that the City of Shaker Heights earned a bronze level Bicycle Friendly Community (BFC) award, joining 372 visionary communities from across the country.
“We applaud these communities for making bicycling a safe and convenient option for transportation and recreation,” says Bill Nesper, vice president of programs at the League of American Bicyclists. “We are encouraged by the growing number of leaders who see bicycling as a way to build more vibrant, healthy, sustainable, and connected communities and be a part of the solution to many complex challenges faced at both the community and national levels. 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 has five award levels, diamond, platinum, gold, silver and bronze, which provide a clear incentive for communities to continuously improve. The program revolutionizes the way communities evaluate their quality of life, sustainability, and transportation networks while enabling them to benchmark their progress toward improving their bicycle-friendliness.
The bronze BFC award recognizes Shaker’s commitment to improving conditions for bicycling through investment in bicycling promotion, education programs, and infrastructure.
“Shaker Heights has actively worked to improve bicycle facilities within the City for the last 10 years. We are honored to have the League of American Bicyclists recognize our efforts,” says Mayor Earl Leiken. Those efforts include the recently completed section of the Lake-to-Lakes Trail along Fairhill Boulevard, which links Lake Erie with the Shaker Lakes and all of the cultural, employment, and recreational resources along the way. The ribbon cutting ceremony for the Trail takes place today, May 18, at 6 pm at Fairhill Rd. and E. 127th St. in Shaker Heights.
To learn more about the BFC program, visit bikeleague.org/community.