Spokane Mayor Mary Verner announced today that the League of American Bicyclists has named the City of Spokane a Bronze Level Bicycle Friendly Community.

This award program is designed to revolutionize the way communities evaluate their quality of life, sustainability, and transportation networks, while allowing them to benchmark their progress and work toward improving their bicycle-friendliness.

Only 140 of the 359 total applicants for the award have received designation. There are four levels of the award: bronze, silver, gold, and platinum.

There are several accomplishments that helped the City accomplish this designation, including:

– Completion of a Master Bike Plan.
– Organized bike and pedestrian counts.
– Supporting events like SpokeFest and Bike to Work Week.
– Adding “sharrows” on 37th Avenue and Southeast Boulevard.
– Completing the second phase of the Fish Lake Trail.
– Adding a Bike-Ped Coordinator postion to look for grant and other opportunities to expand our bike and pedestrian network.
– Work on a “complete streets” concepts for our community.

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