Tuesday, October 20, 2009

League Announces Bike Friendly Areas

League Announces Bike Friendly Areas
What the hell? We can go to the Moon ,but we can not achieve Bicycle Friendly status? WTF can we not do better?

WASHINGTON, D.C. (BRAIN)—The League of American Bicyclists has unveiled 15 new Bicycle Friendly Communities (BFC) and three renewing BFCs.

Notably, 10 out of the 15 new award winners are from the Midwest to the East coast, disproving the myth that building great cities for cycling only works in the West. Three new states, Arkansas, Louisiana, and South Dakota have their first BFCs with this designation cycle.

"This round of applications had more communities in the east and Midwest than ever before that are investing wisely in bicycling," said League president Andy Clarke. "All areas of the U.S. are realizing the importance of bicycling."

Additionally, the American Community Survey (ACS) recently released their 2008 report, which includes community bicycle mode share percentages from 2000 to 2008. League BFCs had higher levels of bicycle commuting than cities not participating in the program. The average BFC bicycle commuter share is 1.5 percent, 2.5 times the national average.
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and here is the list in case you are too lazy to read more

2009 Fall Bicycle Friendly Community Winners:

Breckenridge, CO - New Silver
Anchorage, AK - New Bronze
Baton Rouge, LA - New Bronze
Calistoga, CA - New Bronze
Grand Rapids, MI - New Bronze
Greensboro, NC - New Bronze
Greenville, SC - New Bronze
Indianapolis & Marion County, IN - New Bronze
Iowa City, IA - New Bronze
North Little Rock, AR - New Bronze
Riverside, CA - New Bronze
Sioux Falls, SD - New Bronze
Sonoma, CA - New Bronze
St. Louis, MO - New Bronze
Tallahassee, FL - New Bronze
Boca Raton, FL - Renewal Bronze
Chandler, AZ - Renewal Bronze
Eugene, OR - Renewal Gold


Anonymous said...

I'm kind of surprised by Baton Rouge. Sure, LSU is located there which probably helps, but I never found it to be a bike friendly place.