Sun Prairie is honored to receive a Bronze-level Bicycle Friendly Community (BFC) award, joining 488 communities across the country in the movement for safer streets and better bicycling.
This recognition, by The League of American Bicyclists, is a sign that the Sun Prairie community is moving in the right direction on transportation, community building, safety and sustainability.
“Communities like Sun Prairie, Wisconsin are leading the nation when it comes to important livability factors that people want where they call home, like safe and accessible places to bike,” said Bill Nesper, Executive Director of the League of American Bicyclists.
“Sun Prairie, Wisconsin joins 53 new and renewing Bicycle Friendly Communities as part of a movement toward more vibrant, healthy, sustainable and connected places,” Nesper said. “Our nation and globe are facing complex public health and road safety challenges, and we’re proud that Sun Prairie, Wisconsin and communities like it are embracing bicycling.”
The Bronze BFC award recognizes Sun Prairie’s commitment to improving conditions for all people who bike through investments in bike education programs, bike events that promote and encourage people to choose biking, pro-bike policies, and bike infrastructure.
After receiving an “Honorable Mention” in 2015 from the League, Sun Prairie Moves, a bicycle advocacy group, took their feedback and focused on improving bicycling infrastructure, accessibility and safety for all levels of people who ride bicycles in, around, and through Sun Prairie.
“Our focus was to get more people to feel safe riding their bicycles on paths, trails and streets,” said Peter Dettmer, President of Sun Prairie Moves, Inc. “This includes individuals riding their bicycles to school, work, events, and to promote a healthy lifestyle for all residents.
“We plan to take the feedback from the Bronze level award and continue to build on our success,” Dettmer added, “by working with the city, developers, school district, businesses and residents to continue our mission of making bicycling safer and more accessible for all.”
More than 850 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 education, encouragement, evaluation, 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.
To learn more about the BFC program, visit bikeleague.org/community.
Sun Prairie Moves was founded in January 2014 by Alan Clark and Dettmer, with the intent to increase awareness and grow support for safe bicycling in Sun Prairie. Learn more at www.SunPrairieMoves.org.