Nashville has received a Bronze Award and designation as a Bicycle friendly Community by the League of American Bicyclists
. This designation recognizes the efforts of Nashville's government, cyclists, and advocates to make Nashville a more bike friendly city. At a press conference today, Walk/Bike Nashville President David Kleinfelter presented the award to Mayor Dean on behalf of the league, stating "As Nashville and Davidson County residents know well, bicycling is about mobility, sustainability, health and so much more - Bicycle Friendly Communities are great places to live, work and visit. We look forward to helping Nashville and Davidson County move up the ranks and become an even better cycling city."
In Nashville, Mayor Karl Dean
has been a tireless advocate for active transportation with an emphasis on bicycling as part of his efforts to make the city healthier and more sustainable. In 2008, Mayor Dean formed the first Nashville Bicycle Pedestrian Advisory Committee
. Since taking office, he has invested $7 million in bike ways, along with additional investments in greenways, complete streets and other infrastructure that supports bicycling.
"Improving bicycling in Nashville is important to me, and it's my hope that we continue to become one of the most bikeable cities in the country," Mayor Dean said. "We look forward to continuing our progress to make cycling easier and safer through initiatives like bike share programs, educational campaigns, bike specificcity maps and the expansions of bikeways throughout our community."
"This latest round of BFC awards proves yet again that any city regardless of size or geography can take cost effective steps to increase bicycling in their community," said League President Andy Clarke. "From Bentonville, Arkansas, to Bethesda, Maryland, cities are embracing biking as a means to save money, reduce congestion, improve health and boost their economy."