Buffalo Recognized by League of American Bicyclists
by Buck Quigley - posted 2:17 pm, October 22, 2013
Here’s a press release from GoBikeBuffalo that came out last Thursday:
Buffalo Named a Bronze Bicycle Friendly Community by the League of American Bicyclists
Mayor Brown’s Commitment to Complete Streets is Determining Factor
Buffalo, NY – Mayor Byron Brown and an increasing number of city leaders in communities across the country have embraced the environmental, financial and quality of life benefits that come with being a Bicycle Friendly Community. These leaders have recognized that bicycling can be the solution to many community challenges. The League of American Bicyclists, in announcing the latest round of Bicycle Friendly Community (BFC) awards designated Buffalo, NY as a Bronze BFC.
“I’m proud of the progress we’ve made to transform Buffalo into one of the country’s top bike friendly cities,” said Mayor Byron Brown, noting the city’s commitment of doing ten miles per year of bicycle facilities. “By building bike lanes and connecting new and existing ones to neighborhoods, parks and business districts citywide, we are providing residents and visitors with health benefits, while offering economic, environmental and transportation benefits to our entire community.”
The BFC program is transforming the way communities evaluate their quality of life, sustainability and transportation networks, while allowing them to benchmark their progress toward improving their bicycle-friendliness. With this impressive round, there are now 291 BFCs in 48 states across America. The BFC award recognizes Buffalo’s commitment to improving conditions for bicycling through investment in bicycling promotion, education programs, infrastructure and pro-bicycling policies such as Complete Streets.
“Buffalo is playing a critical part in creating a truly Bicycle Friendly America,” said Andy Clarke, President of the League of American Bicyclists. “We know Buffalo’s investment in bicycling will be returned many times over in the health, environmental, and quality of life benefits of a thriving community.”
Recent efforts have paid large dividends. Analysis of the American Community Survey data from the Census on bicycle commuting shows that Buffalo ranks 14th in the nation for total number of bicycle commuters – with an impressive 88% annual growth and an incredible 269% increase since 2000.
“This data shows that our collective work is having a significant impact upon our city. With a forthcoming update to the city’s bicycle master plan, the Buffalo Green Code moving forward along with continuing education and encouragement programs, Buffalo is poised to become one of the best bicycling cities in the country,” said Justin Booth, Executive Director at GObike Buffalo.
The BFC program provides a roadmap to building a Bicycle Friendly Community and the application itself has become a rigorous and an educational tool in itself. Since its inception, more then 500 distinct communities have applied and the five levels of the award – diamond, platinum, gold, silver and bronze – provide a clear incentive for communities to continuously improve.
So we’ve got that going for us. All you bicycle commuters will agree that this morning’s commute had a slight wintry chill to it. Big deal. Dress right, put some lights on for the commute home, and bring on the cold. Or do you mean to tell me that Buffalonians aren’t as tough as these Danish bicyclists?
Or the Dutch:
Or the Danes, again:
Or fashionable girls from Chicago:
Let’s GO, Buffalo!
And if you’re driving, keep your eyes open for cyclists. They’re not just for summer anymore.