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Batavia honored for bicycling efforts

Published: Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2013 9:38 p.m. CST

BATAVIA - Batavia has earned a bronze level Bicycle Friendly Community award from the League of American Bicyclists.

"Batavia is playing a critical part in creating a truly Bicycle Friendly America," said Andy Clarke, president of the League of American Bicyclists, in a press release. "We know Batavia’s investment in bicycling will be returned many times over in the health, environmental, and quality of life benefits of a thriving community.”

The bronze level BFC award recognizes Batavia’s commitment to improving conditions for bicycling through investment in bicycling promotion, education programs, infrastructure and pro-bicycling policies.

“We are very excited over the recognition of Batavia’s efforts to promote safe bicycle use in our community," Batavia Mayor Jeff Schielke said. "As the hub of the trail system in the area, it is up to us to show how bicycling can mesh with other forms of transportation to encourage healthy living and provide enjoyable recreational activity for all at modest cost. How often can a community add to the quality of life while at the same time attract economic development in a manner that is both efficient and environmentally responsible? We can’t wait to reach platinum status.”  

To apply or learn more about the free BFC program, visit www.bikeleague.org/community.

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