Palo Alto continues to make great strides in bicycling. Fresh off the annual Bike to Work Day which saw more than 2,200 people turn out to cycle, the City was awarded gold level status as a Bicycle Friendly Community by the League of American Bicyclists (LAB).
The award was announced on May 18 and is valid for four years. It is only given to communities with a strong commitment to bicycling and is based on LAB's 10 Building Blocks of a Bicycle Friendly Community. Some of the criteria includes:
• Major streets with bike lanes
• Total bike network mileage to total road network mileage
• Bike-friendly laws/ordinances
• Active bike advisory committee
• Public education outreach
• Bike to Work events
According to LAB’s analysis of Palo Alto, nine percent of the City’s commuters travel to and from work by hopping on their bike. The City’s goal of expanding all work commute trips to 15 percent by 2020 is part of the Palo Alto Bicycle & Pedestrian Transportation Plan that was adopted in July 2012. The Plan identifies objectives for the expansion of bicycle and pedestrian goals for the City.
"We are inspired by how these communities make bicycling a safe and convenient option for transportation and recreation for all," said Bill Nesper, Program Director at the League of American Bicyclists. “Making communities more accessible by bike is at the core of creating more vibrant, healthy, sustainable and connected communities. We thank them for their great work in making our shared vision of a truly Bicycle Friendly America for everyone become a reality.”
Palo Alto is one of only four California cities to receive the gold status level this year. The others are San Francisco, Santa Cruz and San Luis Obispo. Palo Alto previously received this cycling recognition in 2003, 2005, 2007 and 2011.
To learn more about the Bicycle Friendly Community program and view the full list of awardees, visit: bikeleague.org/community.