ROSWELL, Ga. — The League of American Bicyclists has once again named Roswell a bronze-level Bicycle Friendly Community.
“We applaud these communities for making bicycling a safe and convenient option for transportation and recreation,” said Bill Nesper, executive director at the League of American Bicyclists. “We are encouraged by the growing number of leaders who see bicycling as a way to build more vibrant, healthy, sustainable and connected communities and be a part of the solution to many complex challenges faced at both the community and national levels.”
This is not the first time the city has achieved the distinction. Roswell was the first municipality in the state to receive this status in 2006.
“But that achievement does not come easily, and it is not permanent,” said outgoing Mayor Jere Wood. “You have to continue to meet their standards.”
This city has done just that for 11 consecutive years. Currently, there are 10 municipalities and counties in Georgia who have earned the distinction, including Tybee Island, Columbus, Athens-Clark County, Savannah and Milledgeville.
“The BFC award is a testament to Roswell’s commitment to improving conditions for bicycling through investment in bicycling promotion, education programs, infrastructure projects and special events,” said Steve Acenbrak, Roswell Transportation Department director. “We especially thank the mayor and City Council, Bike Roswell and other cycling partners in our community for supporting the city’s commitment to constantly enhance and improve biking in Roswell.”
The new Bicycle Friendly Community certificate will be good for four years, through 2021.
As part of the award application process, the city and local advocacy organizations like Bike Roswell, highlighted the city’s bike-friendly programs and initiatives. Some of these highlights include the construction of new bike lanes, a new bike share program, bicycle-oriented special events and Roswell’s annual cycling festival.
To learn more about cycling in Roswell, visit bikeroswell.com.
In a similar announcement, Roswell’s Recreation, Parks, Historic and Cultural Affairs Department was named the best in the state by the Georgia Recreation and Parks Association. The city’s Strokes Camp program in particular was named the 2017 Outstanding Program of the Year.
This announcement came just weeks after the department earned recognition as one of the best agencies in America by the National Recreation and Parks Association.
“2017 has been a banner year for Roswell, and I could not be more excited,” said Jeff Pruitt, interim director for Roswell’s Recreation, Parks, Historic and Cultural Affairs Department. “I am constantly amazed by the hard work and dedication of our staff and volunteers. We are also thankful for the overwhelming support we receive from the mayor, City Council, the Recreation Commission, and most importantly, our residents, whose support is the backbone of our success.”