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"League Names Corvallis a Bicycle-Friendly Community"

May 20, 2021
Contact: Patrick J. McCormick
Communication Director
Phone: 202-822-1333; Fax: 202-822-1334

(WASHINGTON, DC)—The League of American Bicyclists has named Corvallis, Oregon a Bicycle-Friendly Community, following a detailed audit of the city’s efforts to provide safe accommodation and facilities for bicyclists and to encourage residents to bike for transportation and recreation. Through policy and design, Corvallis has focused on increasing opportunities for physical activity and is a model in America’s efforts to reduce obesity.

Corvallis received the gold award, the second highest level of the League’s four-tiered Bicycle-Friendly Community national awards program. Palo Alto, CA was the only other American city to receive the gold award. The League honored a total of fourteen communities around the United States with the Bicycle-Friendly Community award, but did not bestow the highest level platinum award to any communities.

Corvallis has a long history and institutional memory of deep and abiding commitment to bicycling. The city is notable for the fact that 7.5% of trips to work are made by bicycle, one of the highest rates in the nation. Corvallis provides extensive covered bike parking, a boon to cyclists in its rainy climate. Over 95% of the arterial and collector streets in Corvallis have striped bike lanes, with the rest of the arterials scheduled for completion in 2003. Municipal court has a bicycle diversion program where bicyclists cited for infractions may take an education class in lieu of a ticket.

The League of American Bicyclists considered several factors in evaluating Corvallis and the other communities that applied for Bicycle-Friendly Community status. Reviewers examined the traffic engineering facilities and policies and bicycling promotion efforts of the communities. The cities’ enforcement of traffic laws on motorists and cyclists, their efforts to educate both groups on traffic safety, and their processes to plan for and evaluate policies and facilities for cycling also were considered.

Elissa Margolin, Executive Director of the League, said, “The League is delighted to honor Corvallis with the Bicycle-Friendly Community designation. Thanks to its longterm commitment to better bicycling, people in Corvallis benefit every day from reduced traffic, better air quality, and improved public health. These benefits translate to increased quality of life, higher property values, and heightened community spirit.”

The League’s Bicycle Friendly Community Campaign is a national grassroots effort to increase the number of trips made by bike, promote physical fitness, and help make communities more liveable. The Campaign works in the most effective way possible—town by town, city by city—to encourage bicycling and achieve a bicycle-friendly America.

Andy Clarke, the League’s Director of State and Local Advocacy will present the award to Mayor Berg on June 4, during the opening luncheon of the Bicycle Education Leaders Conference. The conference will be held at the Embassy Suites hotel in downtown Portland. Also receiving the award on behalf of the city will be Transportation Program Specialist, Lee Shoemaker, Public Works director Steve Rogers, and Bike Commission chair Susan Christie.

Corvallis is among the first communities in the nation that applied to receive the Bicycle-Friendly Communities designation under the League’s program, launched in September 2002. Communities wishing to be considered for the award should visit to view the application and learn more about the program. The Campaign is supported by grants from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation ( and the Bikes Belong Coalition (

The League of American Bicyclists promotes bicycling for fun, fitness and transportation, and works through advocacy and education for a bicycle-friendly America on behalf of its 300,000 members and affiliates. For more information or to support the League, visit and

Bicycle-Friendly Community Award Winners

Corvallis, OR
Palo Alto, CA
Denver, CO
Fort Collins, CO
Missoula, MT
Santa Barbara, CA
Stanford University, CA
Tempe, AZ
Cary, NC
The Presidio of San Francisco, CA
Redmond, WA
Schaumburg, IL
Shawnee, KS
Beaverton, OR

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