For Immediate Release
August 04, 2011
Environment, Energy, and Open Space
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For the first time ever, the League of American Bicyclists recognized Mayor Thomas M. Menino and the City of Boston for active efforts in encouraging cycling within the city. Today, Mayor Menino accepted the Silver Bicycle Friendly Community (BFC) award from the League of American Bicyclists. Started in 1996, the BFC Program offers incentives, guidance, and award recognition to cities that encourage people to bike as a means of alternate transportation and recreation as well as support cycling through safe accommodations.
“I am proud to accept this honor on behalf of Boston as this important award signifies how far we have come in our transformation into a world-class bicycling city,” Mayor Menino said. “With the recent launch of the Hubway bike share system, we are well on our way to reaching the next level. I would also like to thank and recognize our green business leaders who have helped make our city more bicycle friendly, from installing outside bike racks to participating in Hub on Wheels and Bike Fridays. Making Boston more welcoming to cyclists is definitely a collaborative effort.”
There are four award levels in the BFC program: platinum, gold, silver and bronze. Reviewed by staff and external critics, applications must be submitted online and focus on the five E’s: Engineering, Education, Encouragement, Evaluation & Planning, and Enforcement.
Communities must earn high marks in each of these categories to be considered for an award. Along with this holistic assessment of each community, a committee also consults local cyclists in each community. These awards are designated for a period of four years with renewal requirements.
In addition to the City’s recognition for being bicycle friendly, local businesses were also acknowledged today for their hard work as part of the 4th Annual Bike Friendly Business Awards. These awards motivate local companies to take inexpensive steps to be more bike-friendly and improve the cycling climate within Boston. Seven organizations received gold awards, 13 received silver awards, and 23 received bronze awards. Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Children’s Hospital Boston tied for the top honors of most bike friendly businesses.
The Bike Friendly Business awards were based on a variety of criteria, including the following and more:
- Allowing bike access to the interior of the building;
- Installing outdoor bike racks;
- Providing a guaranteed Ride-Home program;
- Participating in Bike Week, Bike Friday, or Hub on Wheels;
- Giving incentives to bicyclists;
- Offering bike training;
- Frequently using bike messengers;
- And promoting cycling to employees.
To find out more about the League of American Bicyclists or the Bike Friendly Community Program, visit www.bikeleague.org.