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Aurora's downtown bike lane named one of the 'best bike lanes of 2016'

AURORA, IL - National bicycling organization, PeopleForBikes, has recognized Aurora's recently opened downtown protected bike lane as one of the top 5 best bike lanes in the country. 


"If 2013 was the year protected bike lanes went national, 2014 was the year they got beautiful and 2015 was the year they got durable, 2016 has been the year they did something even more valuable. They started to connect," PeopleForBikes noted.

PeopleForBikes worked with industry experts to review the country's newest bike lanes, with an extra emphasis on those that helped to connect bike grids in their respective communities.

Aurora ranked fourth in the national review. Other cities in the Top 5 include New York City (5), Tallahassee (3), Chicago (2) and Seattle (1).

"Chicago has nothing like the Fox River Trail that runs through the western collar counties," said PeopleForBikes. "For years, the only flaw in the trail's 60-mile span has been a one-mile gap near central Aurora - until last spring, that is, when the city unveiled a new one-mile curb-protected bike lane that brought everything together, complete with green paint and bike-only signals."

Recently, the League of American Bicyclists also recognized the City of Aurora and its efforts to become friendlier to cyclists with the Bicycle-Friendly Community Bronze designation. In earning the Bicycle Friendly Community Bronze designation, the City of Aurora joins a select few cities that have proven their dedication to cycling.

"We are very pleased at the recognition afforded to the City of Aurora for our ongoing efforts in developing a bike-friendly community," Mayor Robert J. O'Connor said. "As our city looks to the future, we will continue research, propose and implement new ways to build our cycling infrastructure, which in turn, bring great returns in the health and the quality of life for our residents."

 

Location: Aurora, IL

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Release Date—February 9th, 2017