City of Portsmouth Named a Bronze Bicycle Friendly Community by the League of American Bicyclists

As thousands participate in Bike to Work Week nationwide, the League of American Bicyclists has announced its latest round of Bicycle Friendly Community℠ (BFC) awards, including the City of Portsmouth at the bronze level. With nearly 40 million Americans bicycling in 2012 and U.S. bike commuting increasing more than 61% from 2000 to 2012, there’s growing consensus that making biking better is a key component of a competitive, livable community.

The BFC program is revolutionizing the way communities evaluate their quality of life, sustainability and transportation networks, while allowing them to benchmark their progress toward improving their bicycle-friendliness. With this impressive round, there are now 303 BFCs in 48 states across America. The bronze BFC award recognizes Portsmouth’s commitment to improving conditions for bicycling through investment in bicycling safety and education programs, infrastructure improvements, and pro-bicycling policies.

Susan L. Wilson, Lefcoe Alumna and Portsmouth’s Manager of Transportation & Maritime Planning, was part of the team that put together the City’s award application. She said, “Portsmouth was judged on our commitment to what’s commonly called the 5 E’s—elements that make places great for bicycling: education, enforcement, engineering, encouragement, and evaluation. From Safety Town and the Police Department’s Neighborhood Impact Officers, to the School District’s Safe Routes to School Coordinator, to our continuing installation of bike racks and bike lanes, the City realizes the importance in investing in bicycling, and thereby, residents’ quality of life. Since submitting our application in February, we’ve continued making Portsmouth even more bicycle friendly, most recently with an ordinance change allowing bicycles along the Seawall downtown. This award recognizes our commitment to bicycling and gives us momentum to continue making Portsmouth even more bike friendly.”

Congratulations, Susan, and thanks for helping to make Portsmouth a great place to live and work!

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