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Hoboken Named a Bronze Bicycle Friendly Community by the League of American Bicyclists




Hoboken, NJ - Monday, October 15th, 2012

Hoboken Becomes NJ’s Only Designated Bike-friendly & Walk-friendly Community

 Across the U.S., bicycling is on the rise — thanks in part to cities like Hoboken taking steps to make riding safer and more comfortable for all residents. The League of American Bicyclists announced that Hoboken has been named a Bronze Bicycle Friendly Community (BFC) in their latest round of Bicycle Friendly Communities. In 2011, Hoboken was named a Gold Walk Friendly community, making Hoboken the only designated bike-friendly and walk-friendly city in New Jersey.

“In just a few years, Hoboken has raised the bar for what it means to be bike-friendly in New Jersey,” said Mayor Dawn Zimmer. “While I’m sad that Director Sacs is leaving, this is recognition of the tremendous work he’s done and the legacy he leaves Hoboken.”

In the past three years, the City of Hoboken has installed 8 miles of new bike lanes covering 25% of the City’s street miles, nearly doubled bicycle parking capacity, retrofitted old parking meters as bike racks, started a bike rack sponsorship program for residents and businesses, and installed its first public bike repair station. In the months ahead, an additional 50 bike racks will be installed within a few blocks of the PATH, several bike corrals will be installed city-wide, and additional bike lanes will be striped. A planned redesign of Observer Highway will include a 2-way protected cycle track.
“We are excited that Hoboken recognizes that simple steps to make biking safe and comfortable pay huge dividends in civic, community and economic development,” said League President Andy Clarke. “Bicycling is more than a practical, cost-effective solution to many municipal challenges – it’s a way to make Hoboken a place where people don’t just live and work, but thrive.”

The BFC program is revolutionizing 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 242 BFCs in 47 states across America. The Bronze BFC award recognizes Hoboken’s commitment to improving conditions for bicycling through investment in bicycling promotion, education programs, infrastructure and pro-bicycling policies. The full announcement and list of new BFCs in this round will be released on Thursday, October 18.

The BFC program provides a roadmap to building a Bicycle Friendly Community and the application itself has become a rigorous and an educational tool in itself. Since its inception, more than 500 distinct communities have applied and the five levels of the award – diamond, platinum, gold, silver and bronze – provide a clear incentive for communities to continuously improve.

To apply or learn more about the free BFC program, visit bikeleague.org/community.

About the Bicycle Friendly America Program

The Bicycle Friendly Community, Bicycle Friendly State, Bicycle Friendly Business and Bicycle Friendly University programs are generously supported by program partners Bikes Belong and Trek Bicycle’s One World, Two Wheels Campaign. To learn more about building a Bicycle Friendly America, visit http://www.bikeleague.org/programs/bicyclefriendlyamerica
The League of American Bicyclists promotes bicycling for fun, fitness and transportation, and works through advocacy and education for a bicycle-friendly America. The League represents the interests of America’s 57 million bicyclists, including its 300,000 members and affiliates. For more information or to support the League, visit www.bikeleague.org.


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