Scottsdale recognized among nation's top bicycle-friendly communities
Sept. 14, 2011
Scottsdale ranked among top bicycle-friendly communities
Scottsdale is rated among the top 17 bicycle-friendly communities in the nation.
The city recently earned a Gold Bicycle Friendly Community designation from the League of American Bicyclists. Only three out of 490 cities that applied for the program have a higher rating than Scottsdale.
Scottsdale reached the elite gold designation through achievements in engineering, education, encouragement, enforcement and evaluation and planning.
According to the league, a Bicycle Friendly Community “welcomes cyclists by providing safe accommodation for cycling and encouraging people to bike for transportation and recreation.”
Scottsdale was noted for significantly increasing the number of miles and connecting important gaps in its bikeways network and providing educational and safety outreach. The city also was recognized for adopting a comprehensive transportation plan with a bicycle element and Complete Streets policy. Scottsdale also expanded its trails program and public involvement through the Ad Hoc Citizen Trails Task Force and Trails Subcommittee.
There are more bike facilities per resident in Scottsdale than any of the other 90 largest U.S. cities. Forty-five percent of Scottsdale’s arterial streets have bike lanes. Many of these lanes have been added in concert with routine street maintenance to save on costs.
Scottsdale earned a silver status from the League of American Bicyclists in 2005 and 2007. There are a total of 190 bicycle friendly communities in 46 states. The renewal process and four levels of the award – platinum, gold, silver and bronze – provide a clear incentive for communities to improve.
“The League congratulates the City of Scottsdale and all of our community winners for implementing successful, long-term bicycle plans and programs that provide quality of life improvements for their citizens,” said League President Andy Clarke. “Even in tough economic times it is clear that cities are choosing investment in bicycling as a key to building the places people want to live, work and visit.”
For more information about Scottsdale Gold Bicycle Friendly Community designation: http://www.bikeleague.org/programs/bicyclefriendlyamerica/
For Scottsdale bikeways information: http://www.scottsdaleaz.gov/traffic/alttransmethod/bikeways