"League Names College Station a Bicycle-Friendly Community "
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
(Washington, DC)- The League of American Bicyclists has honored College Station, Texas with its prestigious Bicycle Friendly Community designation because of its longstanding commitment to providing safe accommodation and facilities for bicyclists, and its efforts to encourage bicycle travel for transportation and recreation. Through policy and design, College Station has focused on increasing opportunities for physical activity and is a model in America's efforts to reduce obesity. College Station is one of 13 communities given the Bicycle Friendly Community designation this fall, joining 14 named in May 2003.
College Station has been granted the League's Bicycle-Friendly Community bronze-level award, the fourth highest prize in the national awards program, along with 11 other American communities. The League did not bestow the highest-level platinum award to any communities. Portland, Oregon received the second highest gold-level award; Folsom, California was granted the silver-level prize.
Elissa Margolin, Executive Director of the League of American Bicyclists, congratulated College Station for its achievement. “College Station and our other Bicycle Friendly Communities display uncommon political commitment, technical expertise, and community involvement to become better places to bicycle. The rewards for residents are huge: reduced traffic, better air quality, increased travel choices, and greater opportunities to lead more active lifestyles.”
According to the 2000 Census, 3.4% of adults in the city report that bicycle commuting is their primary mode of travel to work, a remarkably high percentage. Many improvements to College Station's bicycling infrastructure are planned for 2004, including a bike loop connecting parks, schools, and residential areas. The city will also enact revisions to its development ordinances requiring that new commercial properties provide bike parking facilities. To promote bike commuting, the city provides burritos and other food for participants in Bike-to-Work Day, an event that attracted over 500 residents this year.
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