At twelve o'clock noon, on Thursday, May 28, 2015, Steve Clark, the Bicycle Friendly Community Program Specialist, presented the Bicycle Friendly Communities Bronze award to Troy Mayor Michael L. Beamish. This presentation took place in Troy Council Chambers. This award is presented by the League of American Bicyclists.
There is an application process that requires a community to demonstrate achievements in five specific categories to be considered for an award. The categories are: Engineering, Education, Encouragement, Enforcement, and Evaluation & Planning.
The comprehensive audit and application process is designed to yield a picture of a community's work to promote bicycling. As communities reach more significant achievements in these five categories, there may be a higher award. In recent years through the application and audit process, the City of Troy had received "honorable mention" recognition. The award categories are bronze, silver, gold, and platinum.
In being advised of the bronze recognition for the City of Troy, Mayor Beamish commented: "I am extremely proud of the City of Troy in meeting the bronze recognition criteria. This is a great stride for our bicycling citizens. I wish to recognize and commend the efforts of City staff and volunteers in promoting bicycling in the Troy community, and for achieving this recognition. While I have been proud of our honorable mention recognition, it has been my goal that Troy works towards the higher levels of recognition." Mayor Beamish also commented that: "An award by the League of American Bicyclists is designated for four years. The City of Troy will need to continue to work hard to maintain, and hopefully upgrade the level of recognition in the coming years", and further noted: "This enhances Troy's quality of life and assists with workforce development."
Troy joins the Ohio communities of Westerville, Cincinnati,Columbus, Dayton, Cleveland, Cleveland Heights, Dublin, Lakewood, and Akron in achieving The Bicycle Friendly Community Bronze recognition.