WICHITA FALLS, TX (KFDX/KJTL) – Texas is ranked 25th in the nation when it comes to being bike friendly.
Currently, places with the bicycle-friendly designation include 10 communities, 37 businesses, and 6 universities and the Wichita Falls Action Team for the Bike Friendly Community Action Team is actively trying to get Wichita Falls recognized.
“The goal is to eventually in August of next year to apply for the bronze level designation and through the League of American Bicyclist. They have bronze silver gold and then a platinum level,” said Becky Raeke with the BCFA team.
The qualifications are based on things like, infrastructure, ordinances that address cyclists safety, and community outreach, among several other criteria.
Even though the city hosts one of the largest bike rides in the nation, the chamber of commerce president said we can’t just rely on the Hotter ‘N Hell Hundred.
“We’re already known around the cycling world for Hotter ‘N Hell Hundred but aside from that we’re not that friendly toward cyclists and so becoming more bicycle friendly will make it easier for people to get around the community whether it’s for recreational, or for commuting and for us selling people from the outside world on, why Wichita Falls.”
With more establishments getting behind the bike-friendly movement, organizers with the BFCA team are hoping it becomes a growing trend.