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NORMAL — The town of Normal on Tuesday received a Bronze Level Bicycle Friendly Community award from the League of American Bicyclists, joining more than 325 communities from across the country honored by the group.

The award recognizes Normal’s commitment to improving conditions for bicycling through investment in bicycling promotion, education programs, infrastructure and pro-bicycling policies.

It is one of 55 new and renewing award winners, the league said in a statement, adding the communities are "investing in a more sustainable future for the country and a healthier future for their residents and beyond.”

“We are proud of the work we have done to make our community bicycle friendly with events such as the Bike Rodeo and Light the Night. We will continue to look at ways to improve our infrastructure with bike lanes and boulevards to enhance the community for all users,” Normal Mayor Chris Koos said in a statement.

Since its inception, more than 800 communities have applied and the five levels of the award: diamond, platinum, gold, silver and bronze.

To learn more, visit bikeleague.org/community.

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