Transportation Department - Oct. 17, 2013
Winston-Salem’s efforts to make the city a safer place for bicycling have been recognized with the city’s first-ever designation as a Bicycle Friendly Community by the League of American Cyclists.
The city earned the league’s Bronze level award for such efforts as:
- Installing 12 miles of bicycle lanes and adding 5 miles of shared lane markings where streets are not wide enough for separate bike lanes.
- Installing 125 bike racks throughout the city.
- Publishing brochures and flyers for motorists and bicyclists on sharing the road safely and creating public safety announcements on WSTV 13.
- Coordinating the Safe Routes to School bike trailer and Bike Smarts physical education program that teaches elementary and middle schools students the rules of the road.
- Creating a Bike Smarts Safety Town course, open to the public from dawn to dusk, for children to practice their biking skills.
In announcing the award, Andy Clarke, the president of the League of American Bicyclists, said, "Winston-Salem’s investment in bicycling will be returned many times over in the health, environmental, and quality of life benefits of a thriving community.”
Matthew Burczyk, the coordinator of the city’s bicycle and pedestrian program, said the award is welcome affirmation of the city’s efforts to promote bicycles as an alternative to automobiles. “Being recognized as a Bicycle Friendly Community encourages us to continue our efforts to improve our bicycle infrastructure and programming,” Burczyk said.
The city established its Bicycle & Pedestrian program in 2007 to promote bicycling and walking with a series of programs, policy changes and infrastructure improvements.