Santa Barbara Named a Silver Level Community for Cyclists

Source: City of Santa Barbara

The League of American Bicyclists honored the city’s efforts to create better places to ride bikes with a Silver-level Bicycle Friendly Community (BFC) award. Santa Barbara joins 497 communities across the country in the movement for safer streets and better bicycling for everyone. The Silver Level BFC award recognizes the City’s commitment to improving conditions for all cyclists through investments in cycling infrastructure, active transportation policies, education programs and cycling events to encourage cycling in as a healthy and sustainable transportation option.

“Bicycling has the power to transform our country economically, environmentally and socially and it’s so important that communities like Santa Barbara have been laying the groundwork for years to make bicycling a safe and accessible option for everyone.” As more Americans turn to bicycling as a fun way to get out and a necessary transportation option, we must maintain the momentum to build a bike-friendly America for all,” said Bill Nesper, Executive Director of the League of American Bicyclists. “This Bicycle Friendly Community award is the culmination of years of work by Santa Barbara and its citizen advocates for better bicycling. Santa Barbara joins 57 new and renewed Bicycle Friendly Communities in the movement towards healthier places , more sustainable and connected.As we prepare for what we hope will be another transformational year for cycling investment, we are grateful that Santa Barbara and communities like her are pedaling alongside us to fuel the best cycling movement.

“Santa Barbara continues to invest in our active transportation infrastructure. Making cycling more accessible and welcoming can reduce congestion and impacts on parking, and provide a healthy and sustainable transportation option in a city rich in cycling history. With many transformative bike projects coming online in the coming years, the community continues to embrace cycling in Santa Barbara and aim to improve our BFC rankings in the future. – Jessica Grant, Supervising Transportation Planner, City of Santa Barbara Public Works Department

To learn more about the BFC program, visit bikeleague.org/community.

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