On July 23, 2012, NYBC proudly presented its annual Bicycle Champion Award to the City of Rochester. The award was presented at a ribbon cutting for the recently converted Erie-Lackawanna railroad bridge. This new bicycle-pedestrian crossing of the Genesee River provides critical access between Rochester’s east and west sides and connects directly to the University of Rochester.
Richard DeSarra, NYBC Board Member and well-known local bicycle advocate presented the award to Rochester’s Mayor Tom Richards. DeSarra noted Rochester’s steady and strategic investments in bicycling and walking, stating “Bicycling brings many benefits to Rochester. When people bicycle, congestion and energy consumption are reduced, we are healthier and happier, the community is stronger. Bicycling benefits families’ budgets and greatly improves the overall quality of life.”
Brian Kehoe, NYBC’s Executive Director, is a Monroe County native. He noted the positive impact that bicycling has upon Rochester’s economy, community and environment; “I speak with people from all over the state and the nation and I often refer to Rochester as upstate’s first “bicycle-friendly” city. The reopening of the Erie Lackawanna Bridge for 21st Century transportation needs is just another significant example of the City’s commitment to bicycling.”
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