Arcata wins Bicycle Friendly Communities Silver Award
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 14, 2012
ARCATA UPGRADED TO BICYCLE FRIENDLY COMMUNITY SILVER AWARD
The League of American Bicyclists named Arcata a Silver Award Bicycle Friendly Community today. Arcata is one of 214 communities to be named bicycle friendly in 47 states.
To become a bicycle friendly community, cities must take steps to make bicycling safe and comfortable for children on bikes, local commuters and recreational bicyclists. Cities that invest in bicycling promotion, education programs, infrastructure and pro-bicycling policies are recognized and publicized by the League of American Bicyclists and can enjoy an increased number of eco-tourists and active adventure travel visitors, as well as more grant awards for bicycle infrastructure improvements.
Arcata has enjoyed bronze award status for four years, but was promoted this year to silver status in part because of an increase in bike lanes thanks to the recent pedestrian and bicycle upgrades along Samoa Boulevard and H Street. The community’s generous and enthusiastic support for the proposed cross-town Arcata Ridge Trail also factored in to Arcata’s promotion.
“Arcata’s Bicycle Master Plan has a goal of 50 percent load share by 2020. That means one half of all trips within Arcata being made without cars by 2020,” says Melanie Williams of the City’s Transportation Safety Committee. “That’s an ambitious goal. It shows a lot of support for bicycling within our community.”
The Transportation Safety Committee is also seeking grant funding for secure bicycle parking at large community events like the Kinetic Grand Championship and the Oyster Festival.
May is National Bike Month and Arcata continues its bicycle-friendly festivities with a Bike Gear Swap from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, May 19 in the Pacific Outfitters parking lot at 7th and G Streets and the Kids Bike Rodeo this Sunday, May 20 from 9 a.m. to noon on the Arcata Plaza. Kids completing the rodeo course receive prizes and learn important bicycle safety lessons in the process. See the city’s website, www.cityofarcata.org, for more information. Human-powered transportation in all its glorious forms will be celebrated on Memorial Day weekend with the Kinetic Grand Championship. The race starts with the noon whistle on Saturday, May 26, on the Arcata Plaza.