Richmond is an Official BFC!

18 Oct

The League of American Bicyclists’ updated list of Bicycle Friendly Communities (BFC’s) is out, and Richmond is on it!  With a Bronze designation, this is the first time that Richmond has appeared on the list.  On top of VCU’s Silver award as a Bicycle Friendly University, this puts Richmond on the cycling map.  Click here for coverage on Richmond.com.

According to the LAB web site, “the Bicycle Friendly Community Program (BFC) provides incentives, hands-on assistance, and award recognition for communities that actively support bicycling. A Bicycle Friendly Community welcomes cyclists by providing safe accommodation for cycling and encouraging people to bike for transportation and recreation.”

I think it’s fair to interpret this award as recognition that Richmond has taken notable steps and has built some momentum with respect to infrastructure and other programs.  In other words, it is a sign that we’re going in the right direction — and should let leaders know that they should double down on these efforts financially and politically.

Aiming for the highest designation (Platinum) by 2015 might be a bit of a stretch.  At present only Boulder, CO, Portland, OR, and Davis, CA have it, and they’ve been working on this stuff for more than a decade.  But I think it’s quite possible for us to achieve Gold by that time if city leaders remain committed.  Let’s go for it!

While we’re on the subject of recognition, a person who has been very active in the efforts that have gotten us this far is Michael Gilbert, co-founder of Ride Richmond.  He’s included in this year’s Top 40 Under 40 issue of Style.  Click here for the profile.

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One Response to “Richmond is an Official BFC!”

  1. Kirk O'Brien October 19, 2012 at 12:13 AM #

    I find this “reward” borderline ridiculous. I’ve cycled in this city nearly thirty years. All that’s happened in the last couple years is a bunch of smoke being blown at cyclists. We’ve had inadequate infrastructure put in, and had to complain to get it removed or fixed. The city has a long and truly awful history of bike infrastructure. The mere fact they once again tried to make the “lanes” they put in several years ago on Hermitage marked as bike lanes once again speaks volumes about the city’s efforts.

    You have an actively unfriendly police force, poor infrastructure that doesn’t link up being put in, and a lot more. The big discussion at the first city bike meeting was the need for a mandatory helmet law. At the very least, to get a bronze you should have a decent bike infrastructure.

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