Jefferson City receives honorable mention in nationa Bicycle Friendly Community program - News Tribune

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After applying for a national designation, Jefferson City received an honorable mention for its cycling community and infrastructure.

The city applied in August for a bicycle-friendly community designation through the League of American Bicyclists. While it was not one of the 65 new and renewing bicycle-friendly communities announced Thursday, it was an honorable mention.

"I think it's quite an honor to get this far in the process," said City Transportation Planner Alex Rotenberry, who was part of the local group that applied for the designation. "When you look back in recent history in terms of bicycle infrastructure and things along that line, I think we've come quite a long way in such a short period of time, in just a couple of years. We're going to continue to make strides in the direction that the League of American Bicyclists are looking for."

MoBikeFed comment: The Honorable Mention in the nationwide Bicycle Friendly Community program is a good step forward for Jefferson City. Congratulations to the city staff and elected officials, and the citizen supporters who have been working to make Jefferson City more bicycle friendly.

We strongly encourage Jefferson City to apply again after working to adopt some of the suggestions and feedback they will receive as part of the BFC application process.

Rolla also recently applied to the BFC program, but didn't receive any recognition this time around. With its new Complete Streets policy and a citywide bicycle network plan, Rolla probably just needs to get more of its plan on the ground before applying again.

But a big part of the benefit of the BFC program is that communities that go through the application process and receive the needed feedback are already on the right track. So we really encourage communities to follow through and apply again.

You can find out more about Bicycle Friendly Communities in Missouri--including how to get your community enrolled in the Bicycle Friendly Communities Program, on our Bicycle Friendly Missouri page:

http://mobikefed.org/BicycleFriendlyMissouri

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