Aspen achieves ‘silver’ bicycle-friendly status
ASPEN – Aspen has been upgraded to “silver” status among bicycle-friendly communities designated by the League of American Bicyclists.
“The city of Aspen celebrates bicycling and bicycle culture in myriad ways,” Mayor Mick Ireland said in a statement. “We’ve always been a bike-friendly city, but to obtain the silver designation as a bicycle-friendly community and to make it official is something that will tell the world how much we promote alternative forms of transportation, including the bicycle.”
May is National Bike Month, with hundreds of events and thousands of riders celebrating bicycling nationwide. A growing number of U.S. communities are taking steps to encourage residents to ride all year round – including Aspen.
The city plays host to two stages of the upcoming USA Pro Cycling Challenge, a professional racing event, in late August.
Andy Clarke, league president, said the popularity of the Bicycle Friendly Communities Program is “clear evidence” that investment in bicycling is a major catalyst in creating the kind of vibrant communities where people want to live, work and visit.
“Aspen recognizes that simple steps to make bicycling safe and comfortable pay huge dividends in civic, community and economic development,” he said in a statement.
There are 214 bicycle-friendly communities in 47 states across America. Silver status recognizes Aspen’s commitment to improving conditions for bicycling through investment in bicycling promotion, education programs, infrastructure and pro-bicycling policies, the city said.
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