This week, the League of American Bicyclists welcomed 26 new and 77 renewing Bicycle Friendly Communities (BFCs), nine of which are in Illinois.

DeKalb, Carbondale and Aurora were new awardees this year, and Schaumburg and Evanston renewed their titles from previous years. Additionally, Glen Ellyn, Highland Park, Springfield and Washington received honorable mentions for their improved bicycling environments.

With 103 communities recognized this fall, there are now 404 total BFCs in the United States, and 140 communities applied this year, marking the largest application round.

“The size, regional diversity and high quality bicycle friendly actions being taken within this group shows that building communities where bicycling is safe, comfortable and convenient isn’t confined to a particular type of city or region, rather a broad movement nationwide,” says Bill Nesper, Vice President, Programs of the League of American Bicyclists.


“It is clear that communities of all kinds in every corner of the country know that making bicycling a real option for transportation and recreation is vital in building vibrant, connected communities.”

For more information on the process and the full list of communities, read the press release.

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Holly's running career began in high school; after being bummed about not making the volleyball team her sophomore year, she decided to join some of her middle school friends on the cross country team. She also did track in the fall, where the 1600 m race was her niche. Since then, she has run several 5Ks, and completed her first half marathon in July 2015. She graduated from Illinois State University in May 2016 with a degree in journalism.

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