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Colorado Springs Wins Bronze Award From League of American Bicyclists

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Sarah from Colorado Springs

The photographer writes: “Sarah was a complete newbie when she took this class — the bike was brand new — but took it to become an LCI and encourage cycling for transportation in Colorado Springs…”

Colorado Springs is the most recent Colorado city to win a Bicycle Friendly Business award from the League of American Bicyclists (LAB), for its City Administration Building (CAB), as Bill Folsom reported for on November 28. CAB, located downtown at 30 S. Nevada Avenue, provides employees access to showers, lockers, bike lockers, secure bicycle parking, and also a wellness program that gives rewards for physical activity, Folsam writes.

As the League notes, Colorado rates fourth in its list of “Bicycle Friendly” U.S. states, and the city of Colorado Springs itself ranks “Silver” in encouragement and evaluation on LAB’s list of Colorado’s Bicycle Friendly Communities. Among the 17 communities on the list are (in alphabetical order): Aspen, silver in engineering, encouragement, and enforcement; Boulder, platinum in all five categories, engineering, education, encouragement, enforcement, and evaluation; Denver, silver in engineering, encouragement, and enforcement; Fort Collins, gold in engineering, encouragement, and evaluation; and Longmont, silver in engineering, encouragement, and enforcement.

The League discusses its Bicycle Friendly America Program explains what each award category means:

The Bicycle Friendly America program provides incentives, hands-on assistance, and award recognition for communities, universities and businesses that actively support bicycling, and ranks states annually based on their level of bike-friendliness.

Engineering: Physical infrastructure and hardware to support cycling

Education: Programs that ensure the safety, comfort and convenience of cyclists and fellow road users

Encouragement: Incentives, promotions and opportunities that inspire and enable people to ride

Enforcement: Equitable laws and programs that ensure motorists and cyclists are held accountable

Evaluation: Processes that demonstrate a commitment to measuring results and planning for the future

LAB also lists those Colorado businesses it has given bicycle friendly awards to. That lists includes several bicycle-related companies, a few cities (such as Colorado Springs, bronze; and Fort Collins, gold), some environmental companies, and others. The League has also given a silver award to Colorado State University, and a bronze award to the University of Denver.

The League’s mission is to promote bicycling for fun, fitness and transportation, and to work through advocacy and education for a bicycle-friendly America. As part of its mission, the League provides materials and training courses to help people feel more secure about riding their bikes. LAB recommends that cyclists follow the rules of the road, be visible with brightly colored clothing and lights and reflector tape, be predictable, anticipate conflicts, and wear a helmet that fits well.

Founded as the League of American Wheelmen in 1880, when cyclists were challenged by rutted gravel and dirt roads, LAB now has “300,000 affiliated cyclists, including 25,000 individuals and 700 affiliated organizations.”

Carolyn Szczepanski announced on the League’s blog yesterday [Nov. 29] that CLIF Bar has chosen it to be the beneficiary of the “2 Mile Challenge” for December. The Challenge is CLIF bar’s online effort to encourage bike travel for short trips, to fight climate change, as the blog reports. To participate in the Challenge, a bicyclist only needs to sign up and log each short bike trip he or she takes. To win the $10,000 award, the League needs only 5,000 trips logged.

Image by Richard Masoner/Cyclelicious.


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