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Portland retains Platinum Bicycle Friendly Community by the League of American Bicyclists

SE 36th Ave and Taylor bikewayThe League of American Bicyclists announced today that Portland has been re-named a Platinum Bicycle Friendly Community (BFC).

“We are inspired when we see places like Portland making bicycling safer and more convenient,” said Andy Clarke, President of the League of American Bicyclists. “We know that investment will be returned many times over in the health, environmental, transportation, and quality of life benefits of a thriving, attractive community.”

Portland became the first major US city to attain Platinum designation in 2008. The cities of Boulder, CO and Davis, CA are also Platinum cities. Every four years the League requires communities to reapply.

There are now 259 BFCs in 47 states across America. The Platinum BFC award recognizes Portland’s commitment to improving conditions for bicycling through investment in bicycling promotion, education programs, infrastructure and pro-bicycling policies.

The BFC program provides a roadmap to building a Bicycle Friendly Community and the application itself has become a rigorous and educational tool for cities. Since its inception, more then 500 distinct communities have applied and the five levels of the award – diamond, platinum, gold, silver and bronze – provide a clear incentive for communities to continuously improve.

To apply or learn more about the free BFC program, visit www.bikeleague.org/community

The League of American Bicyclists promotes bicycling for fun, fitness and transportation, and works through advocacy and education for a bicycle-friendly America. The League represents the interests of America's 57 million bicyclists, including its 300,000 members and affiliates. For more information or to support the League, visit www.bikeleague.org.

Photo credit: Greg Raisman - http://www.flickr.com/photos/gregraisman/