City of Oberlin Again Receives Bronze-level Bicycle Friendly Community Designation by the League of American Bicyclists
The City of Oberlin has again been designated as a Bronze-level Bicycle Friendly Community (BFC) by the League of American Bicyclists. The City was previously awarded Bronze-level status in 2015 and has again received this designation in recognition of Oberlin’s commitment to creating transportation and recreational resources that benefit its residents of all ages and abilities, while encouraging healthier and more sustainable transportation choices.
The League of American Bicyclists’ Bicycle Friendly America program sets the standard for how communities build and benchmark progress toward making biking better. This round of awards, which communities applied for in February 2020, includes 38 new and renewing awardees, joining a total 482 Bicycle Friendly Communities in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. The City’s BFC designation recognizes Oberlin’s commitment to improving conditions for all people who bike through investments in promoting and encouraging people to choose biking through pro-bike policies and bike infrastructure.
More than 850 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.
To learn more about the BFC program, visit bikeleague.org/community