Fort Collins becomes latest Platinum Bicycle Friendly Community

Last week we brought you news of the League of American Bicyclists’ Bicycle Friendly States, and this week the League goes even more specific with an update to the popular Bicycle Friendly Communities.

The big news is Fort Collins, Colo., moved from Gold to Platinum this round, joining the ranks of Portland, Ore.; Boulder, Colo.; and Davis, Calif., as the country’s very best for bicycling.

With this impressive round of 17 new BFCs, there are now 259 BFCs in 47 states. The BFC program is helping transform the way communities evaluate quality of life by assessing investment in bicycling promotion, education programs, infrastructure and municipal policies.

See the full list of Bicycle Friendly Communities here. An additional 18 communities received Honorable Mentions.

A bicycle culture is evident in the top BFCs, and in Fort Collins, a new Platinum community, bicycling is, simply, a "way of life."

In the East, Cambridge, Mass., a new Gold-level BFC, has seen its ridership grow threefold in the past decade alone. Cambridge’s Harvard University was also honored with a Silver Bicycle Friendly University award last month.

And the long, snowy winters in Anchorage, Alaska, which moved up from a Bronze to Silver community, haven’t put a stop to the thriving bicycling community there.

Learn more about the program and view the full list of Bicycle Friendly Communities at www.bikeleague.org/bfa. Want to make your community more bicycle friendly? See the League’s Bicycle Friendly Community guidelines here.

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