Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Welcome.

Welcome to our new under-construction blog. Greater Shorewood Bikers is an informally-organized group of persons who bike in Shorewood, Wisconsin. Our mission is to make Shorewood an even better place to bike than it is now, and to encourage more biking by Shorewood residents. Our first objective toward achieving that mission is to prepare and submit an application to have Shorewood designated as a Bicycle Friendly Community by the League of American Bicyclists. The Bicycle Friendly Community Campaign is an awards program recognizing municipalities that actively support bicycling. How does a municipality do that? A Bicycle Friendly Community provides safe accommodation for cycling and encourages its residents to bike for transportation and recreation. Communities that are bicycle-friendly are seen as places with a high quality of life. This often translates into increased property values, business growth and increased tourism. Such communities are places where people feel safe and comfortable riding their bikes for fun, fitness, and transportation. With more people bicycling, communities experience reduced traffic demands, improved air quality and greater physical fitness.  These are all benefits we'd like to see occur in Shorewood.  We are just getting started with our work on the application, and as we make additional progress, we will post additional information here.  If you have questions, you can contact me directly at sandiependleton@aol.com. Thanks for your interest.   

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