The League describes its BFC program as one that seeks to create "more vibrant, healthy, sustainable and connected" communities. Relatively few communities in the United States earn the BFC designation. For example, in Wisconsin there are only 20 such communities (19 cities and only 1 village), and only 6 of the 20 have earned the Silver Level designation (only Madison was ranked higher than Shorewood by the League).
The Silver BFC award recognizes Shorewood’s commitment to improving conditions for all people who bike through investments in bike education programs, bike events that promote and encourage people to choose biking, pro-bike policies, and bike infrastructure.
Shorewood residents often indicate they chose to live (or stay living) in Shorewood because it is a walkable and bikeable community. Studies indicate that:
Studies also show that students who routinely bike and/or walk to school, tend to be healthier, more attentive in class, happier with their school experience, and more likely to do well in school. And students who get into the habit of active lifestyles young, or more likely to continue such as adults.
Being a bicycle friendly community is comprised not only of how our streets are designed and the policies our Village adopts, but also of the many individual decisions residents and street-users (pedestrians, bikers and drivers) make on a daily basis. The League’s Bicycle Friendly Community program is one way that the Village measures its progress, and obtains feedback and suggestions from national community biking and street experts on ways the Village can improve in the future.
Thank you to Shorewood's Parks and Public Spaces Committee, Village staff, and the several community members who reviewed and submitted material for the Shorewood application. Learn more about the League’s Bicycle Friendly Community program at bikeleague.org/community.