At Least One Bike-Friendly Community in Every U.S. State

At Least One Bike-Friendly Community in Every U.S. State

Yesterday, the League of American Bicyclists released their 2014 list of Bicycle Friendly Communities (BFC). With this new list, that means that all 50 U.S. states have at least one Bicycle Friendly Communities, which is great.

According to the League of American Bicyclists, BFC are defined as including elements such as but not limited to “meeting or exceeding the standards of the AASHTO Guide for the Development of Bicycle Facilities, “various types of on-and-off street bicycle facilities,” “Street network is well connected,” have Safe Routes to School programs, and have Bike to Work Day events. Check out League of American Bicyclists for more information about what makes a  BFC.

Maryland is pretty well-represented – including by a couple of White Flint neighbors, Rockville and Bethesda, both at Bronze status.  We’ve got lots of room for improvement. No Maryland jurisdiction reaches Platinum status (or Gold… or Silver…).  Our work is cut out for us.

Rebecca Hertz

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Rebecca Hertz is the Assistant Executive Director of Friends of White Flint. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in International Development and Social Change from Clark University, Worcester Massachusetts in 2012. She completed her Master’s Degree from Clark University, as well, in Community Development and Planning in 2013. She is interested in how built environments impact the health and growth of communities. Prior to this role, she worked as a youth worker and mentor for several non-profit organizations in Maryland and Massachusetts. She grew up in Rockville, MD and has recently moved back to the region.

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