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November 18, 2016 – The League of American Bicyclists has announced that Midland has received recertification as a Bronze level Bicycle Friendly Community (BFC). The BFC program is a tool for communities to make bicycling a real transportation and recreation option for all people. Recertification is valid for four years.
The City, which received its first Bronze certification in 2010, was evaluated for bike friendliness in a variety of categories, including the number of riders, encouragement of a bicycling culture, education for bicyclists and motorists, and physical infrastructure. Midland offers a variety of bicycling amenities, including on-street bike lanes, designated on-street bicycle routes throughout the city, and numerous multi-use paths through the city and surrounding area totaling nearly 40 linear miles.
Statewide, Michigan ranks 18th in the nation for “bicycle friendliness” and is home to 10 BFCs, 5 bicycle friendly universities, and 21 bicycle friendly businesses. Midland is one of 404 Bicycle Friendly Communities located in all 50 states.
For more information and resources about bicycling in Midland, visit the City’s Bike/Walk Midland website at www.cityofmidlandmi.gov/bikewalk. To learn more about building a Bicycle Friendly America, visit www.bikeleague.org.