December 23, 2020 - The City of Fort Wayne has again earned the title of Bicycle Friendly Community from the League of American Bicyclists.
The League recently announced that 51 communities have earned the Bicycle Friendly title for the first time or have successfully renewed their designation. Every four years, a community must apply to keep its designation. There are now 485 Bicycle Friendly Communities across the United States. The Bicycle Friendly Community award recognizes a community’s commitment to improving conditions for bicycling through investment in bicycling promotion, education programs, infrastructure and pro-bicycling policies. Fort Wayne first earned the title in 2012.
After a review of the City's 2020 application, as well as consultation with local cyclists and bike advocates, the League of American Bicyclists re-designated Fort Wayne as a Bronze-level Bicycle Friendly Community. This award is presented only to communities with strong commitments to bicycling. The award celebrates the success of the work being done in Fort Wayne by many different organizations that encourage cycling.
"Providing opportunities for safe bicycling is an integral part of our active transportation network, and we're honored to again be named a Bicycle Friendly Community," said Mayor Tom Henry. "Unique quality of life amenities help position Fort Wayne as a point of destination community for individuals, families, and businesses. Having a growing and thriving bike program assists us in our efforts to be the best city possible."
*The Fort Wayne Regional Trails system boasts 124 miles of trails, with 93.25 of those miles within City limits; the City maintains 88.35 miles of the trails.
*The City has installed 68 new bike racks and replaced an additional 17 bike racks.
*There are 22 miles of bike routes, bike lanes, and sharrows in Fort Wayne.
*The City also promotes biking through events like Trek the Trails, Open Streets, and the Active Commuter Breakfasts. Additionally, the City is an active partner in Kickstart, the month-long festival celebrating bikes, art, music and theater.
In 2010, the Fort Wayne City Council adopted the Bike Fort Wayne Plan, which lays out a comprehensive approach to making the community more bicycle friendly through three strategies: building infrastructure that promotes biking as a safe means of transportation, educating the public about the benefits of cycling and encouraging policy changes that support the promotion of cycling as a means of transportation.
Information about Fort Wayne's efforts to promote safe and convenient biking can be found online at www.fwcommunitydevelopment.org/bike.