Wiki Wednesday: Bicycle-Friendly Communities Awards

Last week, the League of American Bicyclists announced the most recent additions to the ranks of Bicycle Friendly Communities, which means this StreetsWiki entry is ripe for an update:

bike-friendlycom1.jpgThe Bicycle-Friendly Communities Campaign is an awards program administered by the

League of American Bicyclists
that recognizes municipalities actively supporting bicycling. [1]
Cities wishing to be designated a Bicycle-Friendly Community complete
an application which covers bicycling facilities as well as related
traffic enforcement, promotion of bicycling, and education of
bicyclists and drivers to create a better environment for bicycling.

The League of American Bicyclists recognizes newly
designated Bicycle Friendly Communities with an awards ceremony, a
Bicycle-Friendly Community road sign, and a formal press announcement.
As of May 2008, only two communities — Davis, California, and
Portland, Oregon — had received a platinum rating, the highest
available. There were 82 cities designated gold, silver, or bronze. A
total of 212 communities had applied for BFC designation since the
program’s inception in 2003.

The League has been admirably stingy in doling out the coveted platinum rating. Now there’s a third city joining Portland and Davis at the top of the ranks: Boulder, Colorado. (New York’s a bronze.)

If, like me, you’re curious about how Boulder has become a great biking town, stay tuned to Streetfilms. Clarence Eckerson is on location this very moment, gathering footage and interviews to tell the story.

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    There is a lengthy video of a talk by John Pucher on how to increase the share of bicycling [by making cities more bicycling-friendly]. Really instructive stuff:
    http://www.sfu.ca/city/city_pgm_video020.htm

    Also the accompanying article:
    http://www.sfu.ca/city/PDFs/PUCHERMakingCyclingIrresistibleJune2008.pdf

  • Head out to Jackson Hole man and you’ll find your self in bicycling nirvana. Awarded BFC Silver in ’06 and a Gold now in ’08, I am sure they are setting their sites on Platinum. Something like 30 miles of paved pathway currently on the ground with 41+ miles currently under construction in Grand Teton National Park plus hundreds of miles of singletrack and 10% of the full-time residents belong to the local advocacy group. Just park your tush at the brew pub and count the bikes clogging the bike racks.

    -D

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