It's official! Just as we're celebrating National Bike Month, Walk/Bike Frankfort has learned that the League of American Bicyclists has awarded Frankfort an Honorable Mention in its Bicycle Friendly Community (BFC) rankings.
Every year cities across America vie for BFC status. The competition is stiff and this year only 18 communities made the cut. Another 17, including Frankfort, fell just short and received an Honorable Mention. Frankfort was Kentucky's only city to get Honorable Mention; Lexington and Louisville both retained their bronze standing.
In her letter to Walk/Bike, League program chair Nicole Wynands commended Walk/Bike on its efforts and pointed out that Frankfort only needed to make a few improvements to qualify in the next round of judging. We'll receive a detailed feedback report in July and additional resources from the League to help us realize our goal of BFC designation.
And League president Andy Clarke said “It’s clear that civic leaders are investing in their communities by embracing the benefits of bicycling. That investment will be returned many times over in the health, environmental, transportation, and quality of life benefits of a thriving, attractive community.”
Walk/Bike President Brent Sweger added that the Honorable Mention Award is proof of the progress made in Frankfort over the last several years to improve access and accommodation for both bike riders and pedestrians. “We’re thrilled by this honor and eagerly look forward to continuing our efforts to make Frankfort the best city in Kentucky for cycling and walking. We can’t think of a better way to celebrate Bike Month!”