Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Bike-Friendly Cville

It's official. Charlottesville has been declared "Bicycle Friendly" by the League of American Bicyclists -- only the second community in Virginia to be so honored (Arlington being the other). We even have the sign to prove it (see here). Fitting that David Brown received the award on behalf of the City, since he (unlike the current Mayor) actually is a regular bike rider. Practice what you preach and all that.

When you read the fine print you see that we only received a "Bronze" designation this year with regard to our Bicycle-Friendliness (i.e., only a step up from fair-weather friend). Highest is "Platinum" (aka best friends forever). Let's aspire to Platinum next time. Here's how to get there.

2 comments:

Rob said...

If C'ville is "Bicycle Friendly", I would hate to see what a "Bike Un-Friendly" city was like.

Anonymous said...

Agreed. The existing bike lanes are much appreciated, as well as the numerous bike racks on the downtown mall, but we need to do more. I realize it can be challenging to modify existing infrastructure, but how about more "share the road" signage (especially downtown where traffic is heavy and roads are really tight with parking, etc.), less minor highways bisecting otherwise bikeable neighborhoods, lower speed limits in places like Rose Hill Drive where 35 mph is really unnecessary, especially going past a school, lower speed limits and more signage on the main "back roads" (Garth, Red Hill) cyclists use for commuting and recreation. And while I'm dreaming, how about some funding to help Community Bikes realize its potential, and for Christmas, how about closing thee mall to vehicle traffic, and making one lane of 29 dedicated for non-motorized use only...