Saturday, June 15, 2024

Williamsburg Earns First ‘Bike-Friendly’ Distinction in Hampton Roads

Williamsburg is the first city in Hampton Roads to receive a Bicycle Friendly Community award from the League of American Bicyclists.

It’s also one of eight cities in the state to receive the title. According to a press release from the city, the award “recognizes the city’s commitment to improving conditions for bicycling through investment in bicycling promotion, education programs, infrastructure and pro-bicycling policies.”

“Receiving this designation not only fulfills one of Council’s longtime goals, but most importantly, inspires us to continue to make improvements to our bicycle infrastructure in the future,” Mayor Clyde Haulman said in a release.

It’s the result of 40 years of work, he said, with the private sector, regional governments and citizens. Planning Director Reed Nester and Zoning Administrator Rodney Rhodes lead the efforts to submit the application for the award.

The announcement comes one month after James City County and York County both passed a plan for improvements to their bike-ways. However, funding for the improvements has been a struggle for the localities.

A community can be awarded at one of five levels: diamond, platinum, gold, silver or bronze. Williamsburg is a bronze BFC.

More than 500 communities have applied to be a BFC. To learn more, click here fore the Bike League’s website.

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