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Denver Named a Bicycle Friendly Community
 
06/13/2001
Denver Named a Bicycle Friendly CommunityThe League of American Bicyclists, the national membership organization of cyclists, has named Denver, Colorado a Bicycle Friendly Community. Amy Freeze of Denver’s Channel 2, will present the award at the June 13 Bike to Work Day Celebration at 7:30 AM at the Greek Theater at the south end of the downtown Civic Center Park. Denver’s Manager of Public Works Stephanie Foote will receive the award on behalf of the City. Free breakfast snacks and a variety of prizes will be provided for bicycle commuters at the Bike to Work Day Celebration.

Denver becomes the 54th American community recognized by the League of American Bicyclists for actively supporting local cycling and meeting the League’s established criteria for bicycle infrastructure. The League’s Bicycle Friendly Communities Campaign is building a bicycle-friendly America in the most effective way possible—city by city, town by town, and county by county.

The League applauds the many accomplishments of Mayor Wellington E. Webb, the City Council, the Mayor’s Bicycle Advisory Committee, and city staff for guiding Denver as it continues to develop even more bicycle-friendly facilities. Denver's extensive network of off-road bike paths, including the Cherry Creek and Platte River Systems, is heavily used for both recreation and transportation and sets it apart from most large cities. Denver has clearly recognized that supporting bicycling is good for its community because bicycle facilities are an important quality of life indicator, just like good schools, green parks and clean and safe streets.

Martha Roskowski, executive director of advocacy group Bicycle Colorado and a member of the League’s board of directors, said, “Bicycle Colorado is very pleased the League is recognizing Denver for its long history of accommodating bicyclists. Denver's system of pathways is truly spectacular. The City's active bicycle advisory committee, founded in 1990, has made real progress. Since many of the tasks outlined in the 1993 Bicycle Master Plan have been accomplished, the City is now updating it while continuing to expand bicycle facilities, such as bike lanes and improved bicycle connections for the downtown area. Denver is a model other large American cities should emulate in their efforts to improve quality of life for their residents.”

Other highlights the League noted include the bike racks on nearly all RTD buses in the six-county district, Denver’s requirement that bike parking be provided at off-street car parking sites, and the City Bike Map. Denver has been celebrating Bike Month and Bike To Work Day for many years. The League also applauded the Denver Bikestation, scheduled to open Earth Day 2002 at the Denver Union Terminal, which will offer free supervised parking, showers, bicycle rentals and maintenance.

Communities wishing to be considered for the League’s Bicycle Friendly Communities designation should contact Anthony Yoder at 202/822-1333 or anthony@bikeleague.org.

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