Bicycle Friendly Business List Nears 500 Members; Two New Awards in Idaho
In its most recent awards cycle, the League of American Bicyclists recognized 71 new Bicycle Friendly Businesses (BFB) for their role in pedaling America toward greater prosperity and making their businesses welcoming to bicyclists. This round of awards pushes the total number of BFBs to nearly 500 businesses in 42 states and the District of Columbia. Newly listed businesses in Idaho include
Kittleson & Associates, Boise (Silver award)
Drake Cooper, Inc., Boise (Bronze award)
As of this news release, Idaho boasts ten recognized Bicycle Friendly Businesses (one Gold, five Silver, four Bronze awards); three Bicycle Friendly Communities (two Silver, one Bronze); and a Bicycle Friendly University (Silver). In addition three businesses have received Honorable Mention in virtue of their applications.
Read Kittleson & Associates’ press release here
Read the League of American Bicyclists’ press release here
Ada County Steps Up to Silver
Citing a strong and ongoing commitment to safety and bicycle facility expansion on the part of Ada County, today the League of American Bicyclists announced that the county has been elevated to Silver status among Bicycle Friendly Communities.
“This is wonderful news and confirmation of Ada County’s status as a great place to bike and ACHD’s role in promoting and expanding cycling opportunities,” said ACHD President Rebecca Arnold, herself a bike rider. “We support riding for recreation and alternative transportation, which improves our air quality and decreases congestion on the roads.”
The addition of three miles of on-street bike lanes, the creation of three miles of unpaved greenbelt, and the introduction of shared lane markings on six miles of roads and green bike lanes at intersections – innovations that increase driver and rider awareness and, therefore, safety – demonstrated the county’s commitment to cycling.
Since voters approved the Ada County Vehicle Registration Fees in 2008, ACHD has earmarked about $4 million a year for expanded bicycle and pedestrian facilities.
Read the entire press release here