Flint has been named a bicycle friendly community by the League of American Bicyclists for the city's efforts in bicycle promotion, education, infrastructure and pro-bicycle policies. In receiving this recognition, Flint joins a number of communities working to transform neighborhoods across the country.

In a news release, Flint Mayor Dayne Walling said "it's an honor to be recognized as a Bicycle Friendly Community. Creating a sustainable transportation network is part of our new City of Flint Master Plan. Our residents are biking, walking and taking public transit. It is essential that Flint is safe for all modes of transportation."

With the announcement of 55 new and renewing Bicycle Friendly Communities, the League of American Bicyclists now recognizes more that 325 communities including Flint, Grand Rapids, Lansing and Traverse City.

Since its inception, more than 800 communities have applied to be bicycle friendly and there are five levels of the award - diamond, platinum, gold, silver and bronze. Flint received a bronze designation.

Lauren Holaly-Zembo, active living director at the Crim Fitness Foundation, said "in the past Flint received honorable mention. It's exciting to see how far we've come. And the feedback provided gives us ideas on how to continue improving bicycling conditions."

For more on the BFC program, visit: www.bikeleague.org/community.