The city of Everett, Wash., recently issued a press release citing recognition from the League of American Cyclists naming the city a friendly community for bronze-level cyclists.
Everett has been named a Bronze Level Cyclist Friendly Community by the League of American Cyclists. The award recognizes the work the city has done to grow its cycling network, making Everett a safer and more accessible community for cyclists of all abilities and encouraging healthy, sustainable transportation choices.
“The city has made great strides in implementing our bicycle master plan, adding more than 24 miles of bike lanes since 2011,” said Everett Mayor Cassie Franklin. “Being named a bike-friendly community recognizes our tremendous efforts to improve conditions for cycling and the progress we’ve made in making our vision of a better cycling community a reality.”
“We’re thrilled that this progress is being honored, and we’re even more committed to embracing car-free travel, providing residents with more travel choice by making cycling a more comfortable and appealing mode of travel.” said Christina Anna Curtis, active transportation engineer from Everett.
“This Bicycle Friendly Community award is the culmination of years of work by Everett and its citizen advocates for better bicycling,” said Bill Nesper, executive director of the League of American Bicyclists. “This series of awards, Everett joins 57 new and renewed bike-friendly communities in the movement towards healthier, more sustainable and connected places. »
As a bike-friendly community, the City also celebrates National Bike Month with community events and resources throughout the month of May. On May 10, the Everett Public Library and community bike store Sharing Wheels will host a mobile bike clinic offering free bike repairs. On May 20, community members can join Everett Transit, other city departments and community partners in celebrating Bike Everywhere Day at Everett Station, complete with prizes, safety information , local bike paths and trails, and more.
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There are 497 bike-friendly communities in the United States. Of the 19 listed communities in Washington, 13 are bronze, 4 silver, and 2 gold. More than 850 communities have applied for recognition by the Bicycle Friendly Community program. Each year, the League evaluates communities through a voluntary application process on engineering, education, encouragement, evaluation and planning suitable for bicycles. Award status lasts for four years.
Everett’s Notable Scores
Among Everett’s notable scores, Everett scored high in continued efforts to encourage residents to embrace car-free travel. Everett’s annual Bike Month events have scored as high as the gold and platinum level community average. Everett has also had great success in designing, evaluating and planning safer cycling facilities. Everett has better bike-friendly laws and ordinances than average platinum-level communities. Everett also has more bike program staff than the average Silver-level community.
For more information about Everett’s Bicycle Master Plan, completed and upcoming projects, and the many bicycle amenities in Everett, visit everettwa.gov/bikes.