|As thousands nationwide recognize May as National Bike Month, the League of American Bicyclists announced its latest round of Bicycle Friendly Community℠ (BFC) awards, including Chula Vista at the bronze level. With nearly 40 million Americans bicycling in 2012 and U.S. bike commuting increasing more than 61% from 2000 to 2012, there’s growing consensus that making biking better is a key component of a competitive, livable community.
“This round of applications overwhelmingly confirms what we heard from local elected officials at the National Bike Summit this year -- riding a bike embodies the quality-of-life aspirations of communities across the country,” said League President, Andy Clarke. “Making this healthy and active transportation mode safe and easy is of growing importance to the 8 million residents of New York City and the 6,000 people in Franklin, PA alike. We’re excited that Chula Vista has made the smart and vital investments to become a designated Bicycle Friendly Community.”
The BFC program is revolutionizing 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 303 BFCs in 48 states across America. The bronze level BFC award recognizes Chula Vista’s commitment to improving conditions for bicycling through investment in bicycling promotion, education programs, infrastructure and pro-bicycling policies.
Earlier this year, the Chula Vista Civic Center was certified through the American League of Bicyclists program as a “Bicycle Friendly Workplace.” The City currently has over 120 miles of dedicated bike paths, lanes, and routes connecting neighborhoods, shopping centers and schools, and over 45 additional miles proposed through its Bikeway Master Plan. Chula Vista’s bike map is available online at www.chulavistaca.gov/goto/bikechulavista.
Posted: May 19, 2014