Bicycle Friendly

More cyclists are hitting the 90-plus miles of hike and bike trails in Frisco, recently named a Bronze Bicycle Friendly Community by the League of American Bicyclists.

The League of American Bicyclists recently named Frisco a Bronze Bicycle Friendly Community.

Thanks to the efforts of Mayor Maher Maso, the Parks and Recreation Department and Frisco’s Bicycle Advisory Committee, Frisco is one of only eight communities in Texas and one of 372 nationwide considered “Bicycle Friendly.”

“We’re very proud to receive this award,” Maso said, noting how the designation has been the advisory committee's goal for six years.  “Our residents support our continuing efforts to improve our hike-and-bike trail system and invest in bike-friendly facilities.”

Becoming a Bicycle Friendly Community is the result of bicycle promotion and educational initiatives. General infrastructure and pro-bicycling policies also contributed to the recognition.

Since 2009, Frisco’s Bicycle Advisory Committee has played a pivotal role in making the city fit for all enthusiasts, from the casual bicycler to the avid cyclist.

Committee members represent a diversity prime for such an honor. The cycling community, Parks and Recreation staff, Frisco ISD representatives, police and engineering staff work together to gain attention from the League of American Bicyclists.

Joel Hoback, the committee’s chairman for the past three years, said the joint effort is the driving force behind Frisco’s new status.

“I found very strong cycling support from the mayor, the City Council and parks staff,” Hoback said. “They were behind it all the way.”

He and the mayor predict the city will reap economic benefits from the Bronze achievement. A bicycle-friendly reputation brings more people to Frisco and its many trails.

It also confirms the community’s emphasis on health.

“Getting this recognition was just huge,” Hoback said. “The importance of being health-conscious and maintaining safety on and off the roads helps us in every way.

“Frisco is a great city to ride. People from all over North Texas come to ride here and visit our parks because we are now bike-friendly.”

Frisco has over 90 miles of hike and bike trails. And there are plans to expand those trails with eyes set on becoming a Silver Bicycle Friendly Community.

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