Rochester Wins Award For Being Bicycle-Friendly
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Rochester is a great city for bicycling, according to the League of American Bicyclists.
The City of Rochester received the "Bronze Bicycle Friendly" award in a ceremony Wednesday morning. Rochester joins other cities like Portland, Austin, Memphis and Minneapolis in this category.
In receiving the award, Mayor Tom Richards said the city established a bicycle master plan two years ago to include designated lanes for bikes and pedestrians in all future construction projects. Biking enthusiasts agree that the plan is good for business.
“Bicycle-friendly communities are places where people really want to live, work and visit, so it’s good for economic development," said Darren Flusche, policy director, League of American Bicyclists. "It’s good for creating communities where people want to be, and we’ve seen bicycling reinvigorate cities all over the country, and we’ve seen almost a competition between mayors to see who can get there first.”
Rochester is one of only two cities in New York designated as bicycle-friendly.