Carson City named Bicycle Friendly Community by the League of American Bicyclists |

Carson City named Bicycle Friendly Community by the League of American Bicyclists

Nevada Appeal staff report
City Manager Nick Marano, center, rides by the Governor's Mansion while participating in the annual celebrity bike ride earlier this year.
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The League of American Bicyclists recognized Carson City with a bronze level Bicycle Friendly Community (BFC) award on Tuesday.

Carson City joined more than 325 visionary communities from across the country.

With the announcement, Carson City joins a leading group of communities, in all 50 states, who are transforming our neighborhoods.

“Visionary community leaders are recognizing the real-time and long term impact that a culture of bicycling can create,” said Andy Clarke, president of the League of American Bicyclists. “We applaud this new round of communities for investing in a more sustainable future for the country and a healthier future for their residents and beyond.”

The BFC program is revolutionizing the way communities evaluate their quality of life, sustainability and transportation networks, while allowing them to benchmark their progress toward improving their bicycle-friendliness. With this impressive round, there are now 326 BFCs in all 50 states.

“This is a remarkable achievement for Carson City which will help promote tourism and economic development,” said Carson City Mayor Bob Crowell.

The bronze level BFC award recognizes Carson City’s commitment to improving conditions for bicycling through investment in bicycling promotion, education programs, infrastructure and pro-bicycling policies.

“We are pleased that the efforts of the city and its partners have been recognized and we look forward to continuing our progress for the benefit of the community,” said Patrick Pittenger, Carson City’s Transportation manager.

The BFC program provides a roadmap to building a Bicycle Friendly Community and the application itself has become a rigorous and an educational tool in itself.

Since its inception, more than 800 distinct communities have applied and the five levels of the award — diamond, platinum, gold, silver and bronze — provide a clear incentive for communities to improve.