Advocacy group League of American Bicyclists released its Bicycle Friendly Community list and several bay area communities made the cut. But first, the best of the best (Platinum Award): Boulder, Colorado; Davis, California; and Portland, Oregon.
For sure these are three of the most bike friendly communities in the U.S. and it goes without saying many cyclists live there.
Now for the bay area. The results are not so impressive, but at least they rated:
Presidio of San Francisco
It’s hard to find fault here. San Jose’s city employees and leaders deserve recognition for trying hard, but it’s an uphill battle. Still, they’re making progress.
I just finished a ride including Bryant Street (Ellen Fletcher Bicycle Boulevard) in Palo Alto and this route is one reason why the city received a gold award. I’ve heard rumors that other communities are considering similar routes. Good idea.