Willmar Lakes Area Convention & Visitors Bureau given bike friendly city award

Willmar was designated a Bronze Level Bicycle Friendly Community by the League of American Bicyclists. Erica Dischino / West Central Tribune file photo

WILLMAR — The Willmar Lakes Area Convention & Visitors Bureau was recognized by the League of American Bicyclists as a Bronze Bicycle Friendly Business, according to a BikeMN news release.

The Willmar Lakes Area CVB is among 1,400 businesses nationwide that were recognized, with 98 Minnesota companies included in that group. This places Minnesota as third across the nation in bicycle friendliness, according to BikeMN.

“It is great to see the many ways that businesses all across our state are embedding bicycle-friendliness to the core of their business model in creative and innovative ways,” Dorian Grilley, executive director of the Bicycle Alliance of Minnesota, said in the release.

“There are so many reasons to support a bike culture for both employees and customers, and the Bicycle Alliance is eager to help employers become part of this movement and make our businesses and communities stronger, safer, and more connected through bicycling.”

The Bicycle Alliance of Minnesota consults with organizations about becoming a Bicycle Friendly Business — helping them apply for an award, renew their status, or enhance their bicycle friendliness by recommending equipment such as bike racks, repair stations and educational programs.

Mark Wasson has been a public safety reporter with Post Bulletin since May 2022. Previously, he worked as a general assignment reporter in the southwest metro and as a public safety reporter in Willmar, Minn. Readers can reach Mark at
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