Friday, March 13, 2009

Are We A Bicycle Friendly Community?

The League's Bicycle Friendly America family of programs recognize states, communities and businesses for their efforts to promote bicycling and provide road maps to improve.

Today the City of Philadelphia submitted a Bicycle Friendly Community application.There are 4 levels of awards for Bicycle Friendly Communities based on the criteria - Bronze, Silver, Gold and Platinum. Communities with emerging bicycle programs can receive an Honorable Mention. So far not a single community in New Jersey, Pennsylvania or Delaware has received an award and only two communities Newark DE and Point Pleasant NJ have received an Honorable Mention.

In 2006 the City of Philadelphia applied for Bicycle Friendly Community status and received an Honorable Mention. Reasons for not receiving an award included the lack of a Bicycle and Pedestrian Coordinator. Since that time we have a new administration an office of Transportation and Utilities an new Bicycle Ambassadors and a draft Bike Parking Ordinance that include a Bicycle and Pedestrian Coordinator.

Announcements will be made during Bike Month - This could be our year.