St. Louis named bronze-level Bicycle Friendly Community

Missouri landed its second officially designated Bicycle Friendly Community today, as the League of American Bicyclists named the city of St. Louis, Missouri, as a bronze-level Bicycle Friendly Community.

Columbia, Missouri, was recently designated as a silver-level Bicycle Friendly Community.

Missouri also has two Bicycle Friendly Businesses: REI St. Louis and the Velocity Cafe and Cyclery.

The goal in MoBikeFed's Vision for Bicycling & Walking in Missouri is one silver-level Bicycle Friendly Community, five bronze-level, and at least 5 more working towards BFC status by 2012.

So we're getting there!

And if your community isn't working towards BFC status--why not?

Click here to find out more about the national Bicycle Friendly Community program.

From the League of American Bicyclists' press release:

St. Louis, Mo., for example, is one of the 70 largest cities surveyed in the ACS and a new BFC.

The community nearly doubled their number of bicycle commuters from 2000 to 2008. The city has completed several noteworthy projects within the past year, including 53 new miles of on-street additions to the bikeway system, a $10 million investment, and an expansion of bicycling education offerings for children and adults. "St. Louis like cities across the country, is making smart investments in building a welcoming community for biking that will inevitably lead to more, healthier and sustainable transportation options and increased recreational opportunities." stated Bill Nesper, League Director of the Bicycle Friendly America program.

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 BFC application process itself for St. Louis was a major job--the process was spearheaded by a committee including representatives from the Great Rivers Greenway District, the Missouri Bicycle & Pedestrian Federation, TrailNet, the St. Louis Regional Bicycle Federation, the City of St. Louis, and a number of others.

Congratulations to all involved on a job well done!

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