Bicycle-Friendly Communities

West Windsor Community Bike Ride 2009Hoboken has joined Montclair as the only communities in New Jersey that get close to bike-friendly status. Both received honorable mentions from the League of American Bicyclists (Montclair in May and Hoboken in September. Congratulations!). But the goal is to earn a bronze, silver or gold medal — or even a rare platinum one.

Should West Windsor be on the list?

The township hasn’t applied, so we don’t know where we’d rank. But the WWBPA believes that the town has made big strides in its bike-friendliness, thanks to efforts from the township, Mercer County, the WWBPA and others, and that an application is worth the effort. Successful or not, West Windsor would get free advice from the League of American Bicyclists on how to become more bicycle-friendly.

The LAB says: “The majority of the application is an audit of the engineering, education, encouragement, enforcement and evaluation efforts in your municipality. This comprehensive inquiry is designed to yield a holistic picture of your community’s work to promote bicycling.

Every community that applies, awarded or not, receives feedback on how to improve the community for cycling. BFC staff will continue to work with awardees and those communities that do not yet meet the criteria to encourage continual improvements. ”

And which are the U.S.’s most bicycle-friendly cities? Just three have platinum status: Boulder, Colorado; Davis, California; and Portland, Oregon.

2 Responses to “Bicycle-Friendly Communities”

  1. […] We think it’s also time for West Windsor to apply for Bicycle Friendly Community status from the League of American Bicyclists (LAB). Hoboken and Montclair were recently awarded honorable mentions. […]

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