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The League of American Bicyclists designated two dozen new Bicycle Friendly Communities on Monday, raising the number of such communities to 214 in 47 states. Lincoln, Nebraska was among the most recent communities to be designated.
In addition, the League renewed the bicycle friendly status of 25 communities, raising 8 of them to a higher level. Fourteen cities received honorable mentions.
Lincoln joins both Omaha and South Sioux City as communities in Nebraska with this distinction. Earlier this spring, University of Nebraska at Omaha was the first school in the state to be designated as a bicycle friendly campus.
League President Andy Clarke is quoted:
“We aren’t surprised that this was the largest number of new and renewing applicants that we’ve ever had. The popularity of this program is clear evidence that simple steps to make bicycling safe and comfortable pay huge dividends in civic, community and economic development.”
While the bicycle-friendly designations and renewals took place across the US, the western mountain states seemed to have the most success.
Aspen and Gunnison entered the list at the silver level. Among the renewals, Durango, Colo., and Missoula, Mont., moved up to the gold levels.
Also moving up to the next level — silver — were Arcata and Long Beach, Calif., Charlottesville, Vir.., Longmont, Colo., Park City, Utah, and Port Townsend, Wash.
Congratulations to all the cities were honored for this achievement, and happy riding to cyclists who live there.
Here are the lists:
New Bicycle Friendly Communities
Aspen, CO – Silver
Gunnison, CO – Silver
Alameda, CA – Bronze
Arlington, VA – Bronze
Asheville, NC – Bronze
Cedar Rapids, IA – Bronze
Cincinnati, OH – Bronze
Columbus, IN – Bronze
Cottonwood, AZ – Bronze
Fort Wayne, IN – Bronze
Frederick, MD – Bronze
Greater Mankato, MN – Bronze
Lewes, DE – Bronze
Lincoln, NE – Bronze
Manhattan, KS – Bronze
Morgantown, WV – Bronze
Napa, CA – Bronze
Redding, CA – Bronze
Snohomish, WA – Bronze
South Windsor, CT – Bronze
State College, PA – Bronze
Summit Cty, CO – Bronze
Tacoma, WA – Bronze
University Heights, IA – Bronze