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Park City, UT (November 30, 2017) Today, the League of American Bicyclists recognized Park City Snyderville Basin Community with a Gold Level Bicycle Friendly CommunitySM (BFCSM) award, joining over 400 visionary communities from across the country. The Park City Snyderville Basin area is the only community in Utah to receive the Gold-level award.
With the announcement of 65 new and renewing BFCs today, Park City Snyderville Basin area join a leading group of communities, in all 50 states, that are transforming our neighborhoods.
“Better transportation options and ease of congestion is a priority for Summit County,” said Summit County Council Chair Chris Robinson. “This award demonstrates our commitment to alternative transportation options as well as our commitment to being good stewards to the environment and protecting the health of those who live in and recreate in our community.”
“We are a small historic mountain town that has committed to providing multimodal transportation options for our residents and visitors, said Park City Mayor Jack Thomas. “This year, we invested significantly in advancing bicycling and the community responded by riding over 30,000 miles on our new electric bike share system. It is a real privilege to receive the gold level designation and we will continue to make progress as the foundation of Park City’s success relies on sustainable transportation which can be accomplished by riding a bicycle.”
The BFC program is revolutionizing the way communities evaluate their quality of life, sustainability and transportation networks, while allowing them to benchmark their progress toward improving their bicycle-friendliness. With this impressive round, there are now over 400 BFCs in all 50 states. The Gold Level BFC award recognizes Park City and Snyderville Basin’s commitment to improving conditions for bicycling through investment in bicycling promotion, education programs, infrastructure and pro-bicycling policies.
“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. We look forward to continuing to work with these communities as we move closer to our mission of creating a Bicycle Friendly America for everyone.”
The BFC program provides a roadmap to building a Bicycle Friendly Community and the application itself has become a rigorous and an educational tool in itself. Since its inception, more than 800 distinct communities have applied and the five levels of the award – diamond, platinum, gold, silver and bronze – provide a clear incentive for communities to continuously improve.
To apply or learn more about the BFC program, visit bikeleague.org/community.
About Park City Municipal Corporation
Park City Municipal Corporation is a political subdivision of the State Utah. A former silver mining town, Park City is now home to two world-class ski resorts and was the mountain host for the 2002 Salt Lake City Olympic Winter Games. The town of 8,000 also hosts many special and cultural events, including the Sundance Film Festival and Kimball Arts Festival. Park City has been named America’s Best Mountain Town by Travel & Leisure Magazine.
About Summit County
Located in the northeast corner of Utah along the Wasatch Back, Summit County is home to more than 41,000 residents. Created in 1854, Summit County was named for the summits of the mountains, including 39 of the highest mountain peaks in Utah. Six municipalities make up Summit County, including Coalville, Francis, Henefer, Kamas, Oakley and Park City. The county seat is quiet, scenic Coalville, located on the I-80 corridor. For more information visit www.summitcounty.org.
About the Bicycle Friendly AmericaSM Program
The Bicycle Friendly CommunitySM, Bicycle Friendly StateSM, Bicycle Friendly Business and Bicycle Friendly UniversitySM programs are generously supported by program partner Eco-Counter and by League Members. To learn more about building a Bicycle Friendly America, visit www.bikeleague.org/BFA
The League of American Bicyclists is leading the movement to create a Bicycle Friendly America for everyone. As leaders, our commitment is to listen and learn, define standards and share best practices to engage diverse communities and build a powerful, unified voice for change.
Krachel Greenwood, Summit CountyCommunity and Public Affairs CoordinatorO: (435) 336-3044
Linda Jager, Park City Municipal CorporationCommunity Engagement ManagerO: (435) 615-5189