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City named as a Silver-level Bicycle Friendly Community

Today, the League of American Bicyclists honored the efforts of the City of Arvada to build better places for people to bike with a silver-level Bicycle Friendly Community award. Arvada joins 482 communities across the country in the movement for safer streets and better bicycling for everyone. The award recognizes Arvada for its commitment to creating transportation and recreational resources that benefit its residents of all ages and abilities while encouraging healthier and more sustainable transportation choices. 

“Across the country, we have seen so many Americans biking during the pandemic. It’s critical that there are communities like Arvada taking the steps to make biking a safe, accessible option for people, whether they are commuting to essential jobs or looking for recreational options outside their homes,” said Bill Nesper, executive director of the League of American Bicyclists. “This award is the culmination of years of work put in by Arvada and its citizen advocates for better biking. This award round, Arvada joins 38 new and renewing Bicycle Friendly Communities in the movement toward healthier, more sustainable and connected places. Our nation and the world is facing an acute public health crisis with long-term implications, and we’re proud that Arvada and communities like it are embracing bicycling as a solution to our collective recovery.”

The League of American Bicyclists’ Bicycle Friendly America program sets the standard for how communities build and benchmark progress toward making biking better. This round of awards, which communities applied for in February 2020, includes 38 new and renewing awardees, joining a total 482 Bicycle Friendly Communities in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. The Silver BFC award recognizes Arvada’s commitment to improving conditions for all people who bike through investments in bike education programs, regular bike events that promote and encourage people to choose biking, pro-bike policies, and bike infrastructure.

“The City of Arvada is committed to creating a city where bicycling is a safe, convenient and efficient option for every trip,” said City Bicycle and Pedestrian Coordinator Adam Lind. “The City is continuing to plan for better bike infrastructure, for example, by including it’s first separated bike lanes with the W. 72nd Avenue Project. Our recognition as a silver-level Bicycle Friendly Community acknowledges the progress we are making toward this goal.” Recently completed and upcoming bicycle improvements can be found at https://arvada.org/bike-ped-improvements

More than 850 communities have applied for recognition by the Bicycle Friendly Community program, which provides a roadmap to making biking better for communities of all shapes and sizes. While the award process considers very visible elements such as bike infrastructure, other essential elements include efforts around adult and youth bike education, encouragement through events like Bike to Work Day, evaluation mechanisms, and enforcement all through the lens of equity. The rigorous application process is an educational tool in itself, and includes an opportunity for local bicyclists and active transportation advocates to provide input on their experiences and perceptions of bicycling in their community.  

The five levels of the BFC award – diamond, platinum, gold, silver and bronze, plus an honorable mention category – provide a clear incentive for communities to continuously improve. Awarded communities must renew their status every four years to ensure that they not only maintain existing efforts, but also keep up with changing technology, national safety standards, and community-driven best practices.  

To learn more about the BFC program, visit https://bikeleague.org/community

About the League of American Bicyclists

The League of American Bicyclists leads the national movement to create a Bicycle Friendly America for everyone. With a history dating to 1880, the League is committed to engaging diverse communities and building a powerful, unified voice for change around protecting and promoting bicyclists’ rights. Learn more at www.bikeleague.org.