May 05, 2010

News Release

For Immediate Release

Springfield Named Bronze Level Bicycle Friendly Community

Press conference scheduled: 6 May 2010, 1:30 p.m. at Jordan Valley Park Central Plaza

Springfield, Missouri was among 16 communities that recently earned the title Bicycle Friendly Community from the League of American Bicyclists.  Springfield earned the bronze level for its work in encouraging citizens to ride bicycles for fun and basic transportation.

The League of American Bicyclists, founded in 1880, is a national bicycle advocacy organization.  The Bicycle Friendly Community program recognizes communities for successfully promoting bicycling through education, encouragement, law enforcement, engineering, and evaluation.

"This is truly a momentous occasion," said Bruce Adib-Yazdi, Chair of the Sustainable Transportation Advocacy Resource (STAR) Team, a committee of Ozark Greenways, Inc.  "While our advocacy team has been working hard on this for the past 10 years, it is still the first of many steps towards a community that embraces cycling as a choice to get around town."

"Springfield being recognized as a bronze level Bicycle Friendly Community is a great accomplishment," said Chris Flouer, President of Ozark Greenways, Inc.  "Ozark Greenways and others have worked very hard over the past several years to position the community for such an achievement.  This recognition not only celebrates what the community has accomplished, with trails and street improvements, but will challenge and encourage us to continue working toward a platinum level."

For more information, please contact:

Natasha L. Longpine, Planner
Ozarks Transportation Organization
117 Park Central Square, Suite 107
Springfield, MO  65806
(417) 836-5545 Office
(417) 862-6013 Fax

Terry Whaley, Executive Director
Ozark Greenways, Inc.
P.O. Box 50733
Springfield. MO
(417) 864-2014 Office
(417) 840-9756 Cell
(417) 864-1497 Fax

P.O. Box 8368, 840 Boonville Ave., Springfield, MO 65801 • (417) 864-1093/FAX (417) 864-1030