On May 11th the League of American Bicyclists recognized the City of Brevard as an Honorable Mention in the Bicycle Friendly Community (BFC) program. Brevard joins a group of 47 other Honorable Mention communities who are working to improve conditions for everyone who bikes.
Brevard is one of 13 communities that earned an Honorable Mention this application period. Six of the 15 newly BFC awarded communities recognized this spring improved from a previous Honorable Mention designation to join the 416 total bicycle friendly communities. Since 2002, over 100 communities that first earned an Honorable Mention have gone on to earn an award of Bronze or better.
This designation includes a report card from the League that provides feedback on how to improve bicycling in Brevard and earn a Bronze or higher award in the future.
We Like to Bike!
It's no secret that cycling is big in Brevard and Transylvania County. With hundreds of miles of single track and gravel roads between Pisgah National Forest and DuPont State Recreational Forest, and endless combinations of road cycling routes, options for two-wheeled fun are nearly limitless.
For years the City has been focusing efforts to make riding a bike in and through the City of Brevard safer and more enjoyable for cyclists of all kinds, ages, and abilities. Some major milestones in this effort include:
Greenway Phase I (Sports Complex to Allison Road) - 2003
Greenway Phase II (Sports Complex to Lowes) - 2006
Adoption of the City's Comprehensive Pedestrian Plan - 2006
Greenway Phase III (Allison Road to McLean Road) - 2008
The League of American Bicyclists has produced a series of videos to help riders understand how to ride safely, improve their comfort on the bike, find the right bike, and know their rights as a bicyclist.
Safety is a shared responsibility. Motorists need to be watchful for pedestrians and bicyclists, drive at slower speeds, avoid distraction, and know the laws regarding when cyclists, and pedestrians, have the right-of-way. Cyclists need to ride responsibly and predictably. Ride in the direction of traffic, as drivers may not be looking for you if you are riding the wrong way, and obey all signs and signals, including stop signs and red lights.
The League of American Bicyclists has a comprehensive education webpage, complete with tips, videos and links to find Smart Cycling classes and instructors near you.
A great time to get started riding and commuting by bike is National Bike Month. Learn with more on the Brevard Bike Month page.
Watch for Me NC is a statewide pedestrian and bicycle safety campaign, which aims to reduce pedestrian and bicycle injuries and deaths through a comprehensive, targeted approach of public education and police enforcement.
The League of American Bicyclists represents cyclists of all ages and abilities in the effort to create safer roads, stronger communities, and a bicycle-friendly America.
Safe Routes to School (SRTS) is a program that enables and encourages children to walk and bicycle to school.
Pisgah Cycling is a non-profit social club dedicated to promoting cycling in and around Transylvania County.
Blue Ridge Bicycle Club promotes healthy and fun lifestyles through cycling in Western North Carolina through bicycle education, advocacy, and funding.