The League of American Bicyclists' program of designating Bicycle Friendly Communities
is an excellent initiative in how it focuses attention on improving the local environment for bicycling. The application form is really an evaluation tool that helps communities focus on the most important components of a bicycling-friendly environment.
DC and Baltimore are rated bronze. Rockville, Maryland received an honorable mention (a bit surprising, since in the region, they are one of the most active in promoting bicycle through trails development, signage, and construction of bridges over I-270, and even though the Viers Mill Rock Creek Trail bridge is a Montgomery County Parks Department initiative, hey, it's in Rockville).
Frederick, Maryland is working to attain a positive rating in the BFC program, which again shows the aspirational importance of the program. (See "Bicycle committee presents funding options to Aldermen
" from the Gazette
That LAB has extended this concept to Bicycle Friendly States, Bicycle Friendly Colleges & Universities, and Bicycle Friendly Businesses further strengthens the environment for practical bicycling. The Arlington County Government is recognized as a bicycle friendly "business" by the League. See the "Bicycle Friendly Blueprint
" for more detailed discussion of the framework.
Yesterday, the Pedestrian and Bicycling Information Center
introduced its Walk Friendly Communities
program, recognizing the first 11 cities
to earn that designation for improving walkability and pedestrian safety, according to the US DOT Fastlane blog entry, "Walk friendly communities offer residents a gas-saving, healthy alternative
Comparable to the LAB program, the WFC program's Walk Friendly Communities Assessment Tool offers a great deal of guidance on what to focus on in terms of improving a community's walking conditions.
- Community profiles of the designated communities
Ann Arbor, MI
Santa Barbara, CA
Coeur d'Alene, ID
Temple Terrace, FL
Labels: bicycling, sustainable transportation, transportation planning, urban design/placemaking, walking