The League of American Bicyclists gave St. Paul a huge pat on the back this week. The city has been designate a “Bike Friendly City.” The League is one of the nation’s largest and oldest bicycle advocacy groups.
Mayor Chris Coleman says the city has made substantial efforts to improve the cycling experience throughout the city. It hired a sustainable transportation planner. And it has invested in infrastructure through its Complete Streets policy.
Cities must apply to be considered for recognition from The League of American Bicyclists. They’re awarded at different levels that allow for cities to boost their status as they make future improvements. So, while St. Paul is celebrating being a new designee at the Bronze level, Minneapolis has been a “Bike Friendly City” since 2008 and now boasts the Gold status. And Rochester was awarded the Bronze in 2010. The honor comes with some perks but from where I sit it’s a cool confirmation that a city is doing the right thing to evolve our transportation systems and make cycling safer and more enjoyable for everyone.
Angela Keegan Benson is the Assistant News Director at WCCO-TV and a mother of two. On August 1, 2011 she began her quest to live one full year as a bike commuter. Follow along as she figures out how to mesh the cycling culture with the demands of parenthood and an affinity for 4-inch heels. And yes, she’s committed to sticking it out through February storms. For more Cycling In The Cities, follow @Angela_Keegan on Twitter.