The inhabitant bang in biking has strictly found a pedal-hold in a formerly doubtful place: a suburbs.
The League of American Bicyclists currently announced a latest turn of Bicycle Friendly Communities (BFC) — and suburban towns, like Menlo Park, Calif.; Elmhurst, Ill.,; and Ferguson, Mo. are display vast civic centers aren’t a usually areas creation biking improved for millions of Americans.
In a largest turn of applications given a program’s pregnancy in 2003, a League welcomes 32 new BFCs, flourishing a altogether series to 291 BFCs in 48 states. The BFC module provides cities and towns with a roadmap and expertise to make effective investments and take suggestive stairs to boost bicycling in their communities.
“One of a good hurdles in envisioning a truly bicycle-friendly America is a need to renovate suburban communities,” pronounced Andy Clarke, President of a League of American Bicyclists. “Well, that mutation is evidently underway and is being lead by communities like Menlo Park, Calif.; Elmhurst, Ill.; Reston, Va. (pictured during right); and Richfield, Minn.”
See a full list of Bicycle Friendly Communities here.
Menlo Park, Calif., changed adult to Silver standing in this turn by creation poignant improvements by a partnership with Facebook, a Gold-level Bicycle Friendly Business. Since a final focus to a BFC program, Menlo Park has combined miles of bike lanes and increased a share of bike commuters to 8 percent — some-more than doubling a bike commuters in a final 10 years.
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“We’ve worked tough over a past few years to lift a BFC standing by policy, infrastructure and preparation efforts to inspire some-more active travel in Menlo Park and urge a village health, environment, and peculiarity of life,” pronounced Peter Ohtaki, Mayor of Menlo Park. “Our new partnership with Facebook, headquartered in Menlo Park, is improving bicycling infrastructure and connectors to their new campus. We demeanour brazen to stability to lift bike connectors and amenities opposite a City to inspire a healthy, colourful community.”
Ferguson, Mo., a suburb of St. Louis, (pictured during right) has led a proceed with a preparation and support policies, including an Earn-a-Bike module that’s giveaway to internal youth.
“Ferguson’s residents and businesses, with a assistance of informal organizations, have been operative to refurbish a practices and policies to be some-more bicycle- and pedestrian-friendly,” pronounced Dwayne T. James, Ferguson City Council member. “Receiving this Bronze Award shows that we’re on a right route to doing what is right and what is best for a residents and a segment as a whole. I’m grateful for this respect as good as demeanour brazen to stability a efforts to be an even improved Bicycle Friendly Community.”
Outside Chicago, Elmhurst, Ill., has so many children who bike to propagandize — between 10 and 20 percent — that they recently had to implement hundreds of additional bike racks to internal schools.
“We extol Elmhurst,” said Ed Barsotti, Executive Director of a League of Illinois Bicyclists. “They could have been calm with a vital informal route going by their suburb. Instead, they took a holistic proceed to apropos bike-friendly by education, encouragement, and enlargement of a bike network.”
Elmhurst Mayor Steve Morley pronounced a BFC focus routine served as a absolute self-assessment tool.
“We have worked to confederate bicycles for distraction travel and practice into a village to make Elmhurst a some-more susatinable, bearable and fascinating sourroundings in that to lift a family,” Morley said. “This was community-wide effort, including a city, park district, propagandize district and pivotal stakeholders executed over 4 years.”
Learn some-more about a module and perspective a full list of Bicycle Friendly Communities during www.bikeleague.org/bfa.