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City of Lancaster Achieves Bronze-Level Bicycle Friendly Community Status, Expands Bike Share Program

July 26, 2023 | Department of Public Works
By: Amber Strazzo Righter

The City of Lancaster has achieved a significant milestone in promoting bicycling as a safe, affordable and sustainable mode of transportation. The City has recently been awarded a Bronze-level Bicycle Friendly Community status from the League of American Bicyclists, recognizing its commitment to creating a safe and accessible cycling environment for riders of all levels. In addition to this accolade, the City has newly expanded its bike share program, Bike It Lancaster.

The League of American Bicyclists, a leading authority in bicycle-friendly initiatives, awarded Bronze-level Bicycle Friendly Community status to the City of Lancaster in recognition of the significant strides taken to enhance bicycle infrastructure, education, and overall support for cycling enthusiasts. Bicycle Friendly Community awards reflect local leaders’ ongoing work to build better places to bike and evaluate those efforts as part of a national movement. Each level of the Bicycle Friendly Community award provides a clear path for cities and towns to continuously improve. 

“We are proud to be recognized as a Bronze level Bike Friendly Community by the League of American Bicyclists. This achievement highlights our commitment to providing a safe and sustainable urban environment that encourages and accommodates alternative transportation options, making Lancaster a greener and more vibrant community,” said Mayor Danene Sorace.

One of the significant endeavors contributing to this certification is the expansion of the Bike It Lancaster bike share program. With five more bike stations and 25 additional bikes strategically placed throughout the city, locals and visitors can now enjoy greater access to a fleet of 50 brand new bicycles, making it easier than ever to explore Lancaster city on two wheels.

“The expansion of Bike It Lancaster demonstrates our commitment to fostering safe, active forms of transportation in Lancaster City. We are excited to see the positive impact this program will have on our community as we continue to shape an even more bike-friendly city,” said Steve Campbell, Director of Public Works.

With the implementation of new bike lanes, improved signage, and an expanded bike share program, the City of Lancaster continues to prioritize the safety of all cyclists. These efforts are aligned with the City’s strategic priority of creating a safe and accessible city for all, as well as the Vision Zero initiative to eliminate traffic deaths and serious injuries in the transportation system.

For more information about the City of Lancaster’s bicycle-friendly initiatives and the Bike It Lancaster program, visit bikeitlancaster.com. Learn more about Vision Zero at cityoflancasterpa.gov/vision-zero.