City of Aspen named Silver Bicycle Friendly Community by League of American Bicyclists
Contacts: Carolyn Szczepanski, Communications Director, League of American Bicyclists, 202.822.1333 or firstname.lastname@example.org or Brian Flynn, Parks and Open Space Director, City of Aspen, 970-274-2163 or email@example.com or Charlie Eckart, City Open Space and Trails Board Member, 970-618-4144
Aspen, Colorado – May 14, 2012 –Today, the League of American Bicyclists announced the latest round of Bicycle Friendly Communities (BFC) and Aspen was named a Silver BFC. May is National Bike Month with hundreds of events and thousands of riders celebrating bicycling nationwide. A growing number of U.S. communities are taking steps to encourage residents to ride all year round — including Aspen.
“We are not surprised that this was the largest number of new and renewing applicants that we’ve ever had,” said League President Andy Clarke. “The popularity of this program is clear evidence that investment in bicycling is a major catalyst in creating the kind of vibrant communities people want to live, work and visit. Aspen recognizes that simple steps to make bicycling safe and comfortable pay huge dividends in civic, community and economic development.”
There are now 214 BFCs in 47 states across America. The Silver BFC award recognizes Aspen’s commitment to improving conditions for bicycling through investment in bicycling promotion, education programs, infrastructure and pro-bicycling policies.
“The City of Aspen celebrates bicycling and bicycle culture in a myriad of ways. We’ve always been a bike friendly city but to obtain the Silver designation as a Bicycle Friendly Community and to make it official is something that will tell the world how much we promote alternative forms of transportation including the bicycle,” said Aspen Mayor Mick Ireland. “In addition, getting the Silver designation allows us to celebrate our accomplishments and also look toward the future as to how we can continue to grow in our bike friendliness and achieve even more as a community. “
The BFC program provides a roadmap to building a Bicycle Friendly Community and the application itself has become a rigorous and an educational tool in itself. Since its inception, more then 500 distinct communities have applied and the four levels of the award – platinum, gold, silver and bronze – provide a clear incentive for communities to continuously improve.
To learn more about the free BFC program, visit bikeleague.org/community.
About the Bicycle Friendly America Program
The Bicycle Friendly Community, Bicycle Friendly State, Bicycle Friendly Business and Bicycle Friendly University programs are generously supported by program partners Bikes Belong and Trek Bicycle’s One World, Two Wheels Campaign. To learn more about building a Bicycle Friendly America, visit http://www.bikeleague.org/programs/bicyclefriendlyamerica/
The League of American Bicyclists promotes bicycling for fun, fitness and transportation, and works through advocacy and education for a bicycle-friendly America. The League represents the interests of America's 57 million bicyclists, including its 300,000 members and affiliates. For more information or to support the League, visit www.bikeleague.org.
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