APPLETON - A national bicycling group is recognizing Appleton for its efforts to make biking safer and easier.
The League of American Bicyclists has named Appleton a Bronze Level Bicycle Friendly Community . According to the group, the designation recognizes Appleton's "commitment to improving conditions for bicycling through investment in bicycling promotion, education programs, infrastructure and pro-bicycling policies."
"The continued implementation of the city's on-street bike lane program, participation in the
National Bike Challenge and creation of new biking groups, activities and programs have significantly expanded biking activities in Appleton," Mayor Tim Hanna said in a news release.
Despite the recognition, Appleton's on-street bike lane plan has been controversial in recent weeks. A plan to put bike lanes on a stretch of Mason Street has drawn opposition from neighbors, who fear losing parking in the area. After hours of debate earlier this month, the city council sent the issue back to the municipal services committee for further discussion. However, the committee recommended no changes to the initial plan.
The League of American Bicyclists has now designated 259 Bicycle Friendly Communities in 47 states. Ten communities in Wisconsin are on the list, including Sturgeon Bay. Bronze is lowest of the group's five levels.
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