|Philadelphia Named Bicycle Friendly City
National Bicycle Organization Awards City with Bronze
June 4, 2009. Philadelphia, PA. At a press conference to be held today at Love Park (or in the case of rain, the Mayor's Reception Room on the 2nd Floor of City Hall), the League of American Bicyclists will present a Bronze Bicycle Friendly Community Award to the City of Philadelphia.
The Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia, a non-profit advocacy and education organization that represents over 1600 bicyclists in the Delaware Valley region applauds the award.
"This is a milestone for Philadelphia," said Sarah Clark Stuart, Campaign Director for the Bicycle Coalition. "Philadelphia deserves recognition for its recent accomplishments to promote bicycling, such as hiring a full time bicycle/pedestrian coordinator and launching a new bicycle master plan. We are very pleased that the country's largest bicycle advocacy organization has come to the same conclusion."
At the award ceremony
today, Mayor Nutter will take another major step in making Philadelphia
a more bicycle-friendly city by signing an executive order creating a
"complete streets" policy for Philadelphia. "This complete streets
policy will make Philadelphia safer, more livable, and welcoming to
everyone by designing streets with all users in mind - including
bicyclists, public transportation vehicles and riders, and pedestrians
of all ages and abilities," said John Boyle, Bicycle Coalition Advocacy
Philadelphia's efforts to increase bicycling are paying off. "Bicycling in Philadelphia has doubled over the past three years," said Sarah Clark Stuart. "Philadelphia is pointed in the right direction toward sustainability and green transportation by making bicycle travel and safety a priority."
|The Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia is a 1,600-member organization that makes bicycling better by promoting the bicycle as a healthy, low-cost and environmentally friendly form of transportation and recreation.
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