Carson City recognized by the League of American Bicyclists

Denis Coyne, owner of Bike Habitat, takes a new ebike out for a spin off Topsy Lane on Aug. 10, 2022.

Denis Coyne, owner of Bike Habitat, takes a new ebike out for a spin off Topsy Lane on Aug. 10, 2022.
Photo by Scott Neuffer.

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On Dec. 14, the League of American Bicyclists honored Carson City’s efforts to further cycling with a bronze-level Bicycle Friendly Community award.

“Carson City joins 501 communities across the country in the movement for safer streets and better bicycling for everyone,” states a Dec. 19 press release. “The award recognizes Carson City for its commitment to creating transportation and recreational resources that benefit its residents of all ages and abilities while encouraging healthier and more sustainable transportation choices.”

The BFC program sets standards for how communities build and benchmark progress toward making biking better.

In a previous interview with the Appeal, Carson City Transportation Planner Scott Bohemier said the city would like to see a silver or gold rating in the future. Recent “Complete Street” projects, such as the one along South Carson Street, incorporate safe and accessible bike and pedestrian paths, making alternative transportation possible.

“Building a community where bicycling is safer and easier for everyone that lives or visits Carson City is important to us. That’s why we’re proud to celebrate this bronze-level award and the recognition from the League," Bohemier said. "This award shows the dedication from community leaders and local bike advocates to raise our standards of what it takes to be a Bicycle Friendly Community.”

According to the city, the application process for the award was “an educational tool in itself.”

“While the award process considers very visible elements such as bike infrastructure, other essential elements include efforts around adult and youth bike education, encouragement through events like Bike to Work Day, evaluation mechanisms, and enforcement all through the lens of equity,” said the press release.

For information on city street projects, visit http://carsonproud.com/.

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