The League of American Bicyclists has announced its latest round of Bicycle Friendly Community℠ (BFC) awards, including the City of Arvada at the Silver level. With nearly 40 million Americans bicycling in 2012 and U.S. bike commuting increasing more than 61% from 2000 to 2012, there is growing consensus that making biking better is a key component of a competitive, livable community.
“This round of applications overwhelmingly confirms what we heard from local elected officials at the National Bike Summit this year -- riding a bike embodies the quality-of-life aspirations of communities across the country,” said League President, Andy Clarke. “Making this healthy and active transportation mode safe and easy is of growing importance, and we’re excited that Arvada has made the smart and vital investments to become a designated Bicycle Friendly Community.”
The BFC program is revolutionizing the way communities evaluate their quality of life, sustainability and transportation networks, while allowing them to benchmark their progress toward improving their bicycle-friendliness. There are now 303 BFCs in 48 states across America.
Arvada was first designated a Bicycle Friendly Community at the Bronze level in 2008. The City has 125 miles of off-street facilities and 56 miles of on-street facilities; in addition, 65% of arterial streets include bike lanes for cyclists. In moving from the Bronze to Silver award level, Arvada was recognized for its investment in bicycling promotion, education programs, infrastructure and pro-bicycling policies.
About the Bicycle Friendly America℠ program
The Bicycle Friendly America program provides incentives, hands-on assistance and award recognition for communities, universities and businesses that actively support bicycling, and ranks states annually based on their level of bike-friendliness. Since its inception, more than 769 distinct communities have applied and the five levels of the award – diamond, platinum, gold, silver and bronze – provide a clear incentive for communities to continuously improve. To learn more, visit www.bikeleague.org/bfa.
About the League
The League of American Bicyclists is leading the movement to create a Bicycle Friendly America for everyone. As leaders, our commitment is to listen and learn, define standards and share best practices to engage diverse communities and build a powerful, unified voice for change. For more information or to support the League, visit www.bikeleague.org.
- by City Manager