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Admission fees into Legacy Park, Gamber and Harris Park Community Centers will be reduced to half price on all days the National Weather Service issues Excessive Heat Warnings for the months June, July and August. During business hours, Mid-Continent Libraries are also good cooling centers. Call United Way 2-1-1 for assistance or information about public cooling centers.

Across the U.S., bicycling is on the rise -- thanks in part to cities like Lee’s Summit taking steps to make riding safer and more comfortable for all residents. The League of American Bicyclists recently announced the latest round of Bicycle Friendly Communities (BFC) and Lee’s Summit has been named a Bronze BFC.

“We are excited that Lee’s Summit recognizes that simple steps to make biking safe and comfortable pay huge dividends in civic, community and economic development,” said League President Andy Clarke. “Bicycling is more than a practical, cost-effective solution to many municipal challenges – it’s a way to make Lee’s Summit a place where people don’t just live and work, but thrive.”

The BFC program is revolutionizing the way communities evaluate their quality of life, sustainability and transportation networks, while allowing them to benchmark their progress toward improving their bicycle-friendliness. With this impressive round, there are now 242 BFCs in 47 states across America. The Bronze BFC award recognizes Lee’s Summit’s commitment to improving conditions for bicycling through investment in bicycling promotion, education programs, infrastructure and pro-bicycling policies.

The recently adopted Lee’s Summit Bicycle Transportation Plan and implementation as well as non-infrastructure activities such as Youth Bicycle Safety Training and annual Bicycle Recycle Events highlight achievement in bicycle friendliness and future goals for how the community will keep improving its ranking and moving forward.”

The BFC program provides a roadmap to building a Bicycle Friendly Community and the application itself has become a rigorous and an educational tool in itself.  The five levels of award – diamond, platinum, gold, silver and bronze – provide a clear incentive for communities to continuously improve.   Lee’s Summit had received BFC “Honorable Mention” in 2010 and 2011.

“Our community receiving the Bronze Bicycle Friendly Community designation creates another positive statement about Lee’s Summit’s commitment to encouraging bicycling as well as our commitment to encouraging sustainable and healthy lifestyle practices among citizens,” said Lee’s Summit Mayor Randy Rhoads.

The Bicycle Friendly Community designation was a goal of the citizen-led Strategic Plan Lee’s Summit 360: Charting Tomorrow, the Livable Streets Advisory Board, and a marked action step in the City’s Sustainability Action Plan. Lee’s Summit is also a Bronze Walk Friendly Community, designated by the National Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center.

Lee’s Summit’s achievements and national recognition for bicycling and walking are among the elite nationwide. Very few communities have achieved both designations and none have done so in Missouri or the states of Kansas, Nebraska, Iowa, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Kentucky, Tennessee, Mississippi, Alabama, Indiana, Ohio, North Dakota, and South Dakota.

For more information, please contact City Traffic Engineer Michael Park at 816-969-1800. To apply or learn more about the free BFC program, visit bikeleague.org/community.

The League of American Bicyclists promotes bicycling for fun, fitness and transportation, and works through advocacy and education for a bicycle-friendly America. The League represents the interests of America's 57 million bicyclists, including its 300,000 members and affiliates. For more information or to support the League, visit www.bikeleague.org.

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