News: 2016 Bicycle Friendly Communities Awards

Thunder Bay receiving Bronze award at 2015 Ontario Bike Summit

At the Ontario Bike Summit in Toronto last week, communities offering residents and visitors a bicycle friendly experience were honoured for their achievements. The following communities were awarded Bicycle Friendly status: Burlington – Silver (moved up from Bronze), Niagara Falls – Bronze (New in 2016) and Mississippi Mills – Bronze (New in 2016). Oakville, Oshawa, Richmond Hill and Welland were renewed at their Bronze designation levels, while Hamilton was renewed with a Silver designation.  An Honourable Mention was given to North Bay.

Jamie Stuckless, Executive ppblDirector of Share the Road, noted that the BFC program is now in its sixth year in Ontario and that 30 communities have been designated as bicycle friendly. “We are pleased that the program continues to grow in communities of all shapes and sizes across Ontario. No matter how big or small a community is, embracing the 5 Es of the BFC Program – Engineering, Education, Encouragement, Enforcement and Evaluation and Planning – makes sense and helps to build healthier, more prosperous and accessible places to live.

For the media release see here.

For more about the program, and the 30 municipalities in which 60% of Ontarians enjoy the health and economic benefits of being bicycle friendly, read here.

Author: Alan Medcalf

Alan is a post-corporate, volunteer, community builder living in Brockville, Ontario. He seeks to create sustainable lifestyle advantage for the community by creating opportunities for more people to choose to walk and to ride bikes. He promotes the health, social, environmental and economic benefits of active mobility.