Jefferson City awarded Honorable Mention in Bicycle Friendly Communities program | Bike League

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Jefferson City applied to the Bicycle Friendly Communities program and was awarded Honorable Mention status. These are the suggestions for Jefferson City to move forward to Bronze Level in the Bicycle Friendly Communities program:

» Adopt a Complete Streets policy and create implementation
guidance. A Complete Streets policy should prompt the
community to consider lane and/or road diets when repaving
or otherwise doing major maintenance on roadways. Striping
bicycle lanes as part of repaving operations can save 40% of the
cost of adding a bicycle lane.

» Develop a design manual that meets current NACTO
standards or adopt the NACTO Urban Bikeway Design Guide.
This will make it easier for city staff to propose and implement
bicycle facility designs that have been shown to improve
conditions for people who bike in other cities throughout the
United States.

» Bicycle-safety education should be a routine part of
education, for students of all ages, and schools and the
surrounding neighborhoods should be particularly safe and
convenient for biking and walking. Work with local bicycle
groups and interested parents to create an in-school bicycle
education program.

» Improve Bike Month activities by creating a Bike to Work Day
event and Bike to School Day event. Bike to Work Day events
can include competitions for participation between businesses
and "energizer" stations where people can get coffee on
the way to work. Bike to School Day events can include
competitions related to bicycle use, outreach to parents, and
coordination between the schools and the city to create safer
routes to schools.

MoBikeFed comment: Jefferson City has been moving forward with some really impressive bicycle friendly upgrades to the city recently. Last summer they applied for official recognition in the national Bicycle Friendly Communities program and recently received word they had received recognition at the Honorable Mention level.

Like all communities that apply for BFC status, implementing even some of the suggested improvements and then applying again is a smart move.

The City of Jefferson also recently applied for and received Bronze level status as a Bicycle Friendly Business.

Find out more about Bicycle Friendly Communities in Missouri--and how your community can work towards becoming a Bicycle Friendly Community--on our Bicycle Friendly Missouri page:

http://MoBikeFed.org/BicycleFriendlyMissouri

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