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Steamboat designated a gold level bicycle friendly community

Todd Young takes a ride on his bike back to work after lunch last week. Many cyclists in Steamboat Springs hop on their bikes to commute, especially during Bike Month.

— The League of American Bicyclists again has recognized Steamboat Springs with a GOLD Bicycle Friendly Community award. There are 371 Bicycle Friendly Communities across the country, and Steamboat Springs is one of just 24 gold-level winners.

Steamboat first received the gold level award in 2011. The application was submitted by the city of Steamboat Springs with the assistance of Routt County Riders, Steamboat Bike Town, Routt County, Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association and countless other bike shops, businesses and individuals.

"We applaud these communities for making bicycling a safe and convenient option for transportation and recreation," said Bill Nesper, vice president of programs at the League of American Bicyclists, in a news release. "We are encouraged by the growing number of leaders who see bicycling as a way to build more vibrant, healthy, sustainable and connected communities and be a part of the solution to many complex challenges faced at both the community and national levels."

With this round of designations, there are now 371 BFCs in all 50 states. The GOLD BFC award recognizes Steamboat Springs' 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 an educational tool in itself. Since its inception, more than 800 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.

Visit bikeleague.org/community for more information about the program.