PUEBLO – Today, the League of American Bicyclists honored the efforts of Pueblo, Colorado to build better places for people to bike with a bronze-level Bicycle Friendly Community (BFC) award. Pueblo joins 487 communities across the country in the movement for safer streets and better bicycling for everyone. The award recognizes Pueblo for its commitment to creating transportation and recreational resources that benefit its residents of all ages and abilities while encouraging healthier and more sustainable transportation choices.
The City is also proud to share the premiere of a Bike Safety video featuring Mayor Gradisar, the Mayor’s Youth Council, Boys & Girls Club, CTC Youth Action Board, Pueblo Department of Public Health & Environment, and the Pueblo Area Council of Governments; available here: https://vimeo.com/553446058/36823c4080
“Biking in America has shown great resilience in light of trying times and it’s so important that communities like Pueblo have laid the groundwork over several years to make biking a safe, accessible option for all. As so many Americans have turned to biking as a fun way to get outdoors and as a necessary transportation option, we must keep the momentum to build a Bicycle Friendly America for everyone going,” said Bill Nesper, executive director of the League of American Bicyclists. “This Bicycle Friendly Community award is the culmination of years of work put in by Pueblo and its citizen advocates for better biking. This award round, Pueblo joins 37 new and renewing Bicycle Friendly Communities in the movement toward healthier, more sustainable and connected places. As we progress through 2021, we’re proud that Pueblo is pedaling alongside us to power this movement.”
The League of American Bicyclists’ Bicycle Friendly America program sets the standard for how communities build and benchmark progress toward making biking better. This round of awards includes 37 new and renewing awardees, joining a total of 487 current Bicycle Friendly Communities in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. The bronze BFC award recognizes Pueblo’s commitment to improving conditions for all people who bike through investments in bike education programs, regular bike events that promote and encourage people to choose biking, pro-bike policies, and bike infrastructure.
“I am very proud that Pueblo has been designated a Bicycle Friendly Community at the Bronze Level. This designation symbolizes the work the city has done and continues to do to improve our bicycle facilities, so people enjoy riding in our community safely,” says Eva Cosyleon, transportation planner for the City of Pueblo.
More than 850 communities have applied for recognition by the Bicycle Friendly Community program, which provides a roadmap to making biking better for communities of all shapes and sizes. While the award process considers very visible elements such as bike infrastructure, other essential elements include efforts around adult and youth bike education, encouragement through events like Bike to Work Day on Wednesday, June 23, evaluation mechanisms, and enforcement all through the lens of equity. The rigorous application process is an educational tool in itself, and includes an opportunity for local bicyclists and active transportation advocates to provide input on their experiences and perceptions of bicycling in their community.
The five levels of the BFC award – diamond, platinum, gold, silver and bronze, plus an honorable mention category – provide a clear incentive for communities to continuously improve. Awarded communities must renew their status every four years to ensure that they not only maintain existing efforts, but also keep up with changing technology, national safety standards, and community-driven best practices.
To learn more about the BFC program, visit bikeleague.org/community.
About the League of American Bicyclists
The League of American Bicyclists leads the national movement to create a Bicycle Friendly America for everyone. With a history dating to 1880, the League is committed to engaging diverse communities and building a powerful, unified voice for change around protecting and promoting bicyclists’ rights. Learn more at www.bikeleague.org.