Each year, The League of American Bicyclists and their Bicycle Friendly American Program assesses communities, businesses and universities across the United States to recognize those who make bicycling a transportation and recreation option.
Michigan ranks #12 in the nation on the Bicycle Friendly State ranking, along with eight bicycle friendly communities, 14 bicycle friendly businesses and four bicycle friendly universities. The League recognizes the essentials, the Five E’s, of A Bicycle Friendly America SM :
Engineering: Creating safe and convenient places to ride and park
Education: Giving people of all ages and abilities the skills and confidence to ride
Encouragement: Creating a strong bike culture that welcome and celebrates bicycling
Enforcement: Ensuring safe roads for all users
Evaluation & Planning: Planning for bicycling as a safe and viable transportation option
The Michigan Trails and Greenways Alliance and our home—the Michigan Fitness Foundation—, are huge advocates of incorporating modes of transportation and physical activity into a daily routine. The Michigan Fitness Foundation was awarded the Bronze award for our efforts at leading a healthy lifestyle and being conscious of our carbon footprint!
Traverse City, a stop on the 23rd Annual Michigander, received the Bronze award from The League for their Bicycle Friendly Community SM and has been a part of the BFC community since 2009. Traverse City offers classroom discussions and on-street bike tours, four local bike shops offer bike rentals and services, and downtown businesses and motels rent out bicycles to locals and visitors.
For more information about The League and their efforts in the bicycle movements, visit www.bikeleague.org.
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