Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Shorewood Wins Bicycle Friendly Community Designation

The League of American Bicyclists announced today that Shorewood has been designated as a Bicycle Friendly Community. 
Shorewood is the first and only village in the State of Wisconsin to earn the BFC award.  All other Wisconsin BFCs (Milwaukee, Madison, Eau Claire, La Crosse, and newcomer-this-year Sheboygan County) are all much larger than Shorewood.  Only a few communities nationwide with comparably-small populations have earned this recognition. 
Almost 500 communities nationwide have applied for BFC recognition, and of those, currently only 190 are designated as BFCs.  With this award, Shorewood joins such other BFCs across the country as New York, Boston, Chicago, Minneapolis, Denver, Boulder, Vail, Breckenridge, San Francisco and Palo Alto.
Getting Shorewood designated as a BFC was the first project GSB took on, and we are pleased that we have been successful, with your help, in achieving this goal.  Achieving this goal helps us advance GSB's overall mission.  A worthy goal acheived is a milestone worth commemorating, so watch here for details of the celebratory event which we are currently planning. 
We acknowledge that there is still work to do to improve Shorewood as a BFC (for instance, getting the current-existing flood-damage on the bike trail repaired).  We look forward to discussing with you at the party the ideas you have for other tasks that should be addressed to make Shorewood an even better place to bike and live.  (Sandie) 

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