Breckenridge named bicycle friendly community
Ryan Summerlin June 14, 2010
BRECKENRIDGE – The Town of Breckenridge was recently named a Bicycle Friendly Community by the League of American Bicyclists. Breckenridge received a silver-level award for the Fall 2009 cycle.
In an effort to continue with this commitment, several bike lanes and shared lane marking will be striped throughout Breckenridge in the next several weeks. On June 16 and 17, a bike lane will be painted on Main Street. Parking will be prohibited on one side of Main Street on each of these mornings in order to perform the striping. Parking will reopen by mid morning on each of these days.
“Breckenridge is proud to receive this prestigious award for our work to promote bicycle safety and education while encouraging bicycling in our community,” said Mayor John Warner.
League President Andy Clarke stated that “the League congratulates Breckenridge for implementing successful, long-term bicycle plans that provide quality of life improvements for their citizens.” The League is recognizing 15 new Bicycle Friendly Communities, including Breckenridge, and three BFC renewals in its fall 2009 award cycle.
The BFC award recognizes Breckenridge’s commitment to improving conditions for bicycling and its practice of making focused investment in bicycling programs and facilities. The BFC judges were particularly impressed with Breckenridge’s safe routes to school program, improved bicycling way-finding signage, amount of streets with bicycle accommodations, access to single-track trails and bike paths, and the Bike to Work Day promotion and participation. Clarke noted the impressive advances of all BFC applicants and said, “This round of applications had more communities in the east and Midwest than ever before that are investing wisely in bicycling – all areas of the U.S. are realizing the importance of bicycling.”
The BFC program is revolutionizing the way states and communities evaluate their quality of life, sustainability and transportation networks, while allowing them to benchmark their progress and work toward improving their bicycle-friendliness. The application process to become a BFC is rigorous; currently only 124 of the 318 total applicants have a BFC four-year designation. The renewal process and four levels of the award – platinum, gold, silver and bronze – provide a clear incentive for communities to continuously improve. The new and expanded BFC program began at the League in 1995, and in the past 14 years it has evolved into the tool it is today – evaluating, recognizing and improving cities, states and businesses.
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. To learn more about the League’s Bicycle Friendly Community program, visit www.bicyclefriendlyamerica.org.
– Daily News staff report