The League of American Bicyclists honored the efforts of the Town of Hilton Head Island to build better places for people to bike with a Gold-level Bicycle Friendly Community (BFC) award.
The Town, first named a Bicycle Friendly Community in 2011, joins 480 communities across the country in the movement for safer streets and better bicycling for everyone. The award recognizes Hilton Head Island for its commitment to creating transportation and recreational resources that benefit its residents of all ages and abilities while encouraging healthier and more sustainable transportation choices.
“Today, we celebrate 58 new and renewing Bicycle Friendly Communities that exemplify an ongoing commitment to make bicycling safe, comfortable, and accessible to all,” said Bill Nesper, executive director of the League of American Bicyclists. “This round of awards is a testament to the dedication of the growing network of changemakers who with the League are raising the standard of what it means to be a Bicycle Friendly Community.”
The League of American Bicyclists’ Bicycle Friendly America program sets the standard for how communities build and benchmark progress toward making biking better. The League strives to provide continual updates to the application as part of our commitment to help communities raise their standards for safety, equity, and accessibility.
This round of awards includes 58 new and renewing awardees, joining a total of 480 current Bicycle Friendly Communities in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. The Gold-level BFC award recognizes Hilton Head Island’s commitment to improving conditions for all people who bike through investments in bike education programs, regular bike events that promote and encourage people to choose biking, pro-bike policies, and bike infrastructure. The Town maintains 72 miles of multi-use public pathways shared by pedestrians and bicyclists."
We are incredibly thrilled to once again receive the Gold-level Bicycle Friendly Community designation. Our gratitude extends to our dedicated staff and passionate bike advocates within the community whose unwavering support has helped us maintain this prestigious status," said Mayor Alan Perry. "Bicycling not only provides a fantastic recreational outlet but also underscores our commitment to providing safe pathways and roadways for cyclists. Being recognized as a Bicycle Friendly Community is a testament to our ongoing efforts. Our goal now is to aim higher."
More than 870 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 adult and youth bike education, encouragement through events like Bike to Work Day, evaluation mechanisms, 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 BFC award provides a clear incentive for communities to continuously improve. Awarded communities must renew their status every four years to ensure that they not only maintain existing efforts, but also keep up with changing technology, national safety standards, and community-driven best practices. Following its first award in 2011, the Town’s award has been renewed consecutively in 2015, 2019 and this year.
About the League of American Bicyclists
The League of American Bicyclists leads the national movement to create a Bicycle Friendly America for everyone. With a history dating to 1880, the League is committed to engaging diverse communities and building a powerful, unified voice for change around protecting and promoting bicyclists’ rights. Learn more at www.bikeleague.org.