The League of American Bicyclists has released it’s latest round of of Bicycle Friendly Communities, it’s ranking of cities across the nation on the “5 E’s” - Engineering, Education, Encouragement, Enforcement, and Evaluation.
Stevens Point and Onalaska both join a long list of other Wisconsin communities in the rankings, including several Bronze level communities like Appleton, Eau Claire, Fitchburg, and Milwaukee, as well as La Crosse at Silver, and Madison at a Gold level ranking.
The small community of Onalaska recently adopted a Complete Streets Policy at the local level, requiring that when a municipality is building or reconstructing a road, highway or bridge, the design should accommodate people walking and bicycling, in addition to those who drive motor vehicles.
Stevens Point has shown a commitment to improving conditions for bicycling through investment in bicycling promotion, education, infrastructure, and pro-bicycling policies,
“Stevens Point is playing a critical part in creating a truly Bicycle Friendly America,” said Andy Clarke, President of the League of American Bicyclists. “We know Stevens Point’s investment in bicycling will be returned many times over in the health, environmental, and quality of life benefits of a thriving community.”
The bicycle friendly communities program provides incentives, hands-on assistance and award recognition for communities that actively support bicycling through a combination of infrastructure, programs and policies.