Great news for the City, and its work on making bicycle riding a great travel option for all ages and abilities. Seattle’s designation as a Gold Level Bicycle Friendly Community was recently renewed by the League of American Bicyclists. Seattle is part of a select group of 335 communities in all 50 states (Washington ranks #1) that is committed to improving health, safety, and quality of life, by implementing projects and programs that support bicycling. Seattle is among 21 Gold communities nationwide, four cities nationally have reached Platinum designation (Davis, Boulder, Fort Collins and Portland). We’ll continue to work towards this goal.
“Visionary community leaders are recognizing the real-time and long term impact that a culture of bicycling can create,” said Andy Clarke, president of the League of American Bicyclists. “We applaud this new round of communities for investing in a more sustainable future for the country and a healthier future for their residents.” More information about the program is available here.
The league was especially interested in Seattle’s commitment to equity, as reflected in the 2014 update of the Bicycle Master Plan. Seattle was asked to write a guest post for the News—the League blog— to share more about the importance of equity in our planning and project delivery processes, which you can find here.