What does it mean to be bike friendly?
The term bicycle-friendly describes policies and practices which may help some people feel more comfortable about traveling by bicycle with other traffic. The level of bicycle-friendliness of an environment can be influenced by many factors resulting from town planning and cycling infrastructure decisions.
The manner in which the public roads network is designed, built and managed can have a significant effect on the utility and safety of cycling as transport.
Aspects of the cycling infrastructure may be viewed as either cyclist-hostile or as cyclist-friendly. In general, roads infrastructure based on prioritizing certain routes in an attempt to create a state of constant "flow" for vehicles on that route, will tend to be hostile to those not on that route.
In 2012 the City of Aspen received a silver award from the League of American Bicyclists for being a bike friendly community.
NACTO Urban Bikeway Design Guide
The purpose of the NACTO Urban Bikeway Design Guide (part of the Cities for Cycling initiative) is to provide cities with state-of-the-practice solutions that can help create complete streets that are safe and enjoyable for bicyclists.
Bicycle Friendly Community Program
The Bicycle Friendly Community Program (BFC) provides incentives, hands-on assistance, and award recognition for communities that actively support bicycling. A Bicycle Friendly Community welcomes cyclists by providing safe accommodation for cycling and encouraging people to bike for transportation and recreation. View an overview presentation of the program.
Better Cities and Towns: Ode to Summer Cycling article
This blog’s video is an homage to Winnipeg’s advances in the five summers the author has lived there.