City leaders announced today that Savannah received a Bicycle Friendly Community Award for "recent accomplishments in bicycle infrastructure, education, and programming," a spokesman says.
Savannah joins 291 cities nation-wide and four cities in the Georgia that have been recognized with the award.
"The City of Savannah is playing a critical part in creating a truly Bicycle Friendly America," said Andy Clarke, President of the League of American Bicyclists which issued the award. "We know Savannah’s investment in bicycling will be returned many times over in the health, environmental, and quality of life benefits of a thriving community.”
The City points to the Price Street and Washington Avenue bicycle lanes, “sharrows” throughout Barnard Street, an expanded bicycle rack program, the launch of the downtown bike-share program, and the receipt of a 2013 Play Streets grant.
“The City of Savannah has made great strides in fostering a bicycling culture in the last several years”, said John Bennett, Executive Director of the Savannah Bicycle Campaign. “We’re measuring growing numbers of riders each year, and have seen increased national recognition of Savannah as a bicycling destination”.
The final two Play Streets events take place on May Street (October 19, 1 p.m. — 4 p.m.) and in Daffin Park (October 26, 11 a.m. — 5 p.m.). The events are designed as festivals for families to enjoy on foot or on bike and include arts, healthy food, and games for all ages.