Friday, September 26, 2008

It Ain’t Over ‘Till It’s Over:

Rochester and Monroe County receive a coveted “Honorable Mention” Bicycle Friendly Award and it shows our community cares about people getting around our city safely on non-polluting transportation.
Hopefully, winning this award, which brings together the efforts of the City of Rochester, the County of Monroe, the NYS Department of Transportation, The Genesee Transportation Council, and the Rochester Bicycling Club and others to improve our streets for an environmentally safe mode of transportation.
New innovations on bike technology, a change in the public’s attitude towards sharing the roads for bikes (and pedestrians who ((in terms of the law –Rule!)) , and linking trails to commutes could make bicycling to work and even shopping an integral way of life in Rochester—a way of life that reduces our carbon footprints, makes us healthier, and changes our gas-guzzling, myopic, view of transportation towards a more friendly and livable way of getting around. Big goal, but it can be done.
Next year, maybe the bronze, or the Silver, or even the Gold if we think of traveling around sustainably.
Check out this story: Rochester City & Monroe County, N.Y. Win "Honorable Mention" Bicycle Friendly Community Designation - Boulder Goes Platinum; 10 New Communities Earn Designation Biggest Round of Applications Since Program's Inception Ten new communities were honored with the League of American Bicyclists prestigious Bicycle Friendly Community designation. This was the program’s biggest application cycle to date—51 communities applied for the designation. There are one gold, one silver and eight bronze communities awarded, and 19 communities renewed their designations. Boulder, Colo., a renewing community, was promoted to Platinum, joining Portland, Ore. and Davis, Calif. as the only cities in the U.S. to have earned this top designation. --from League of American Bicyclists

1 comment:

Robert said...

This is very nice, but it is not enough. There still is not enough being done to allow bicyclists to ride safely in Monroe County. Many of the main arteries into the city are too dangerous for persons on bikes. There's not even enough places for people to walk let alone ride a bicyle.
Then there is the other issue of where to park your bike so it does not get stolen.
The US can learn from countries such as the Netherlands, where bicyclists are in the majority.

Great piece of info!