Bike Score Calls Cambridge a "Biker's Paradise"


5/20/2013

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Cambridge ‘crushes it’: Riding on the wave of great bicycling, Bike Score, the nation's scoring system for how bikeable a community is, recently gave Cambridge the highest score in the nation with a 92!  

Bike Score looks at elements of the community that lead to easy, safe and fun biking experiences.   Bike Score measures whether a location is good for biking on a scale from 0 – 100 and is based on bike infrastructure (lanes and trails), hills, destinations and road connectivity, as well as the number of bike commuters. According to Bike Score, Cambridge is a ‘Biker’s Paradise,’ which means that you can get everywhere on bike, even while running your daily errands.

As bicycling continues to grow in popularity, leaders in cities across the country, like Cambridge, are embracing the environmental, financial and quality of life benefits that come with a population that likes to ride.  Last week, the League of American Bicyclists announced its latest round of Bicycle Friendly Communities (BFC) and Cambridge was been named a Gold BFC.

The BFC program is transforming the way communities evaluate their quality of life, sustainability and transportation networks, while allowing them to benchmark their progress toward improving their bicycle-friendliness. With this impressive round, there are now 259 BFCs in 47 states across America. The Gold BFC award recognizes Cambridge’s commitment to improving conditions for bicycling through investment in bicycling promotion, education programs, infrastructure and probicycling policies. Cambridge is the highest rated city on the East Coast and one of only two communities east of the Mississippi River with the Gold level rating.

“Cambridge is proud of its reputation as one of the best cities for bicycling in the U.S. and is pleased to be recognized as such,” said Cambridge City Manager Robert Healy. “The City has actively invested in making cycling a priority, including establishing the Hubway bike share program and creating an expansive network of bicycle facilities. The popularity of bicycling here can be seen in the exponential growth in cycling, with numbers tripling in the past decade. The bicycling culture here is epitomized in such events as the award-winning community bike rides, which highlight the collaborative nature of our work, with citizens, local businesses and the City working together.”

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