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City Named Bronze-Level Bicycle Friendly Community by the League of American Bicyclists

NEW BRUNSWICK (December 16, 2020)  - The City of New Brunswick is now a League of American Bicyclists-recognized Bronze Level Bicycle Friendly Community (BFC)!

In October, the City of New Brunswick applied for the League of American Bicyclists’ prestigious Bicycle Friendly Community award. It has long been a goal of our city to be a recognized leader for the work our transportation professionals and local citizens have put in over the years to make our community more accessible by bike. Today, we’re proud to be part of the nearly 500 communities across the United States that are transforming America one Bicycle Friendly Community at a time.

BFC_Bronze_Seal_2020The League’s executive director, Bill Nesper, had this to say about our award, particularly at this time in our nation’s history: “During one of the toughest
years in recent memory, we have seen so many Americans turn to biking during the pandemic for fun and for necessary transportation options. It’s so important that communities like New Brunswick, New Jersey have laid the groundwork over several years to make biking a safe, accessible option for people when we all need as much health and happiness as possible,” said Bill Nesper, executive director of the League of American Bicyclists. “This Bicycle Friendly Community award is the culmination of years of work put in by the City of New Brunswick and its citizen advocates for better biking. This award round, New Brunswick joins 51 new and renewing Bicycle Friendly Communities in the movement toward healthier, more sustainable and connected places. As we turn the page on 2020 and look ahead to 2021, we’re proud that New Brunswick and communities like it are embracing bicycling as a solution to our collective recovery.”

People across our community are biking more than ever, for commuting to essential jobs, mass transit connections, trips to the store, and for recreation. The Bronze BFC award recognizes New Brunswick’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. We can’t wait for future events where we can all celebrate this award and our achievements for building a better community together. Mayor Jim Cahill adds, "Bicycling and bike safety continue to be important to our City. The pandemic reminds us how critical and necessary safe transportation is. New Brunswick is and always will be bicycle friendly."

Learn more about the League’s Bicycle Friendly Community program at bikeleague.org/community.