Press Release -- May 9th, 2011
May 2: Harrisonburg was honored when the League of American Bicyclists announced the
latest round of Bicycle Friendly Community (BFC) designations over the weekend to kick off May as
National Bike Month.
Out of the 45 new applicants that the program received, 21 communities received awards. Harrisonburg
was given a bronze‐level Bicycle Friendly Community designation. This designation comes after
Harrisonburg had been recognized with an honorable mention in 2010.
To date, the League of American Bicyclists has received 452 applications and designated 179 Bicycle
Friendly Communities in 44 states. The BFC program recognizes communities that promote bicycling and
provides technical assistance in the form of a roadmap to help cities build great communities for
bicycling. The League has identified projects, policies, programs and plans that most effectively improve
cycling conditions and make up the foundation of a bicycle‐friendly community.
“The City of Harrisonburg has made great strides in becoming more bicycle friendly,” said Pubic Works
Planner Thanh Dang. “The fact that we moved from an honorable mention to a bronze level designation
speaks to the commitment not only of the city, but of many members of our community who are part of
making Harrisonburg a truly bicycle friendly place to live.”
The Bicycle Friendly Community, Bicycle Friendly State, Bicycle Friendly Business and Bicycle Friendly
University programs are generously supported by program partners Bikes Belong and Trek Bicycle’s One
World, Two Wheels Campaign. To learn more about building a Bicycle Friendly America, visit
The League of American Bicyclists promotes bicycling for fun, fitness and transportation, and works
through advocacy and education for a bicycle‐friendly America. The League represents the interests of
America’s 57 million bicyclists, including its 300,000 members and affiliates. For more information or to
support the League, visit www.bikeleague.org.
For more information about the City of Harrisonburg’s Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan, visit