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Ride Your Bike in a Gold Level Seattle!

It’s official! Seattle named a GOLD LEVEL Bicycle Friendly Community by the League of American Bicyclists. Go out and ride!

Today, the League of American Bicyclists recognized Seattle with a Gold Level Bicycle Friendly Community award, joining more than 325 visionary communities from across the country.

With the announcement of 55 new and renewing BFBs today, Seattle joins a leading group of communities, in all 50 states, that are transforming our neighborhoods.

“With new greenways, protected bike lanes, family-friendly biking and broad community and government support for everyday cycling, Seattle is poised to be one of the most bike-able cities in the world!,” enthused Seattle Neighborhood Greenways Executive Director Cathy Tuttle. “Let’s take those steps to Platinum Level!”

The Steps recommended for Seattle to get to Platinum include:

  1. Continue to expand the on and off street bike network, and make intersections safer for cyclists. Focus on network connectivity. On roads with posted speed limits of more than 35 mph, it is recommended to provide protected bicycle infrastructure. Ensure that all Seattle bridges have safe entry and exit points for cyclists, as well as a safe space to cross.
  2. Provide high quality on-street bike parking throughout the community, especially in the historic and landmark districts. Provide convenient and secure bike parking at event venues and major transit hubs.
  3. Expand the Safe Routes to School program.
  4. Dedicate SDOT staff time to encouragement and education efforts and better financially and logistically support bike-related
  5. encouragement and education efforts by advocates and bike groups. Set encouragement and education goals, metrics, and values.
  6. Continue to expand your public education campaign promoting the share the road message.
  7. Host a greater variety of family-oriented, low income and young professional-oriented bike events and rides.
  8. Step up enforcement of the Vulnerable User ordinance , 20mph speed limits, and the Failure to Yield ordinance.
  9. Aggressively implement the new bike plan by increasing funding.

“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 and beyond.”

The BFC program is revolutionizing the way communities evaluate their quality of life, sustainability and transportation networks, while allowing them to benchmark their progress toward improving their bicycle-friendliness. With this impressive round, there are now 326 BFCs in all 50 states. The [award level] BFC award recognizes [Community]’s commitment to improving conditions for bicycling through investment in bicycling promotion, education programs, infrastructure and pro-bicycling policies.

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 than 800 distinct communities have applied and the five levels of the award – diamond, platinum, gold, silver and bronze – provide a clear incentive for communities to continuously improve.

To apply or learn more about the BFC program, visit bikeleague.org/community.

About the Bicycle Friendly AmericaSM Program
The Bicycle Friendly CommunitySM, Bicycle Friendly StateSM, Bicycle Friendly Business and Bicycle Friendly UniversitySM programs are generously supported by program partner Trek Bicycle. To learn more about building a Bicycle Friendly America, visit www.bikeleague.org/BFA

The League of American Bicyclists is leading the movement to create a Bicycle Friendly America for everyone. As leaders, our commitment is to listen and learn, define standards and share best practices to engage diverse communities and build a powerful, unified voice for change.