York City's bicycle-friendly status upgraded to 'silver'

Logan Hullinger
York Dispatch
"A group of York City teens are using bicycles to get exercise and stay away from the gang life, Monday June 22,2015.
John A. Pavoncello - jpavoncello@yorkdispatch.com"

The League of American Bicyclists upgraded York City's status as a bicycle-friendly community to "silver," according to a Friday, June 1, city news release.

The nonprofit organization promotes cycling and advocates for safer conditions for cyclists nationwide. Each year, it assesses members in all 50 states through a voluntary application process and fills out an evaluation sheet for applicants.

The city was previously denoted as bronze; higher levels consist of gold, platinum and diamond. Being a silver-level city entails commitment to improving conditions for bicycling through investment in bicycling promotion, education programs, infrastructure and pro-bicycling policies, the news release states.

“Receiving this award has so much to do with the efforts to connect the York County Heritage Rail Trail through downtown York, expansion of the on-street bike network, an upcoming project to enhance the King Street Bikeway and initiatives to get more people biking on a regular basis,” said Craig Walt, of York City's Bureau of Health.

The community will celebrate the award with a bike meetup at noon Sunday, June 10, on the York County Heritage Rail Trail on King Street.