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Posted on: February 2, 2024

Bentonville named a Silver level Bicycle Friendly Community by the League of American Bicyclists

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Bentonville, AR…Today, the League of American Bicyclists honored the efforts of Bentonville to build better places for people to bike with a silver-level Bicycle Friendly Community (BFC) award. Bentonville joins 480 communities across the country in the movement for safer streets and better bicycling for everyone. The award recognizes Bentonville for its commitment to creating transportation and recreational resources that benefit its residents of all ages and abilities while encouraging healthier and more sustainable transportation choices.  

“Today, we celebrate 58 new and renewing Bicycle Friendly Communities that exemplify an ongoing commitment to make bicycling safe, comfortable, and accessible to all,” said Bill Nesper, executive director of the League of American Bicyclists. “This round of awards is a testament to the dedication of the growing network of changemakers who with the League are raising the standard of what it means to be a Bicycle Friendly Community.” 

The League of American Bicyclists’ Bicycle Friendly America program sets the standard for how communities build and benchmark progress toward making biking better. The League strives to provide continual updates to the application as part of our commitment to help communities raise their standards for safety, equity, and accessibility. 

This round of awards includes 58 new and renewing awardees, joining a total of 480 current Bicycle Friendly Communities in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. The silver BFC award recognizes Bentonville’s commitment to improving conditions for all people who bike through investments in bike education programs, regular bike events that promote and encourage people to choose biking, pro-bike policies, and bike infrastructure. 

“We are honored and proud to receive the silver-level Bicycle Friendly Community Award from the League of American Bicyclists. This recognition is a testament to our city’s commitment to building a community that prioritizes safe, comfortable and accessible transportation for all residents.  Bentonville is dedicated to establishing cycling side paths and transportation channels that provide safe and accessible routes.  Biking is more than a means of transportation in Bentonville, it’s also a way of life for many that promotes a healthy lifestyle. This award reflects Bentonville’s dedication to creating a city where people of all ages and abilities can enjoy the benefits of biking, whether for recreation or daily commuting in the safest manner possible.” - Mayor Stephanie Orman

"We are incredibly proud to celebrate our city's achievement of bicycle-friendly silver status. This accomplishment showcases the progress we have made in promoting active transportation and improving the quality of life for all of our residents with improved infrastructure and a better, safer mobility network. The Connecting Bentonville Bike and Pedestrian Master Plan has played a vital role in transforming our city into a more bike and pedestrian-friendly place, and we extend our gratitude to the City for their continued investment in this initiative." – Jessica Pearson, Bentonville Move Coalition Manager 

“Trailblazers congratulates the City of Bentonville on receiving the Silver Designation for Bicycle Friendly Community awards from the League of American Bicyclists. Trailblazers takes immense pride in supporting Bentonville's dedication to creating a safe and inclusive environment for people riding bikes. Throughout our close collaboration with the City of Bentonville during the application process, Trailblazers had the privilege of supporting the city in its commitment to residents and vistors. Bentonville exemplifies the spirit of "Movement For All," actively working towards building a vibrant and accessible bicycle community.”—David Criswell /Sr. Director of Active Transportation Trailblazers

More than 870 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.  

The five levels of the BFC award – diamond, platinum, gold, silver and bronze, plus an honorable mention category – provide a clear incentive for communities to continuously improve. Awarded communities must renew their status every four years to ensure that they not only maintain existing efforts, but also keep up with changing technology, national safety standards, and community-driven best practices.   

To learn more about the BFC program, visit bikeleague.org/community

Photos courtesy - Bentonville Moves Coalition 


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