The City of Winter Park recently earned the Bike Friendly Community bronze level designation from the League of American Bicyclists (LAB) thanks in part to a planning grant from the Winter Park Health Foundation (WPHF) and support from Healthy Central Florida (HCF). The City of Maitland received an honorable mention.
WPHF awarded a grant to Bike/Walk Central Florida (BWCF) to help the Healthy Central Florida teams of Winter Park and Maitland develop and implement plans to obtain a Bicycle Friendly Community (BFC) designation from the LAB. The effort was overseen and directed by volunteer citizen support groups including the Winter Park Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee, and HCF Healthy Maitland and Winter Park Teams.
“Both communities deserve accolades because the recognition means they are working to improve conditions for cyclists – and, by extension, everyone with a focus on safety for all road users,” said Jill Hamilton-Buss, HCF Executive Director who assisted in the application process and coordinates many of the education and encouragement efforts for cyclists of all ages.
“Winter Park has demonstrated a commitment to actual improvements”, said Wayne “Butch” Margraf, Traffic Manager for the City of Winter Park, during his presentation of the award to the Winter Park City Commission at its meeting on November 23. “The League was impressed with the Cady Way Trail, St. Andrews Blvd. Extension, Bike Share, Cycle Track (also funded by WPHF) and other efforts to encourage safe cycling for all.”
The LAB looks at how communities fare in the five Es:
- Engineering: Creating safe and convenient places to ride and park.
- Education: Giving people of all ages and abilities the skills and confidence to ride.
- Encouragement: Creating a strong bike culture that welcomes and celebrates bicycling.
- Enforcement: Ensuring safe roads for all users.
- Evaluation & Planning: Planning for bicycling as a safe and viable transportation option.