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City Hall remains in pursuit of coolness as Bicycle Friendly Community

In Tom Podzimek on January 21, 2009 at 12:05 pm

City Hall is pushing ahead to qualify Cedar Rapids as the only Bicycle Friendly Community in Iowa.

The City Council gave its staff the go-ahead last May to investigate what it would take to achieve such a bicycle status, a direction that came with the caution that achieving the status isn’t easy.

The League of American Bicyclists (www.bikeleague.org/programs/bicyclefriendlyamerica/communities) bestows the recognition, and coommunities like Madison, Wis., Eugene, Ore., Fort Collins, Colo., and Ann Arbor, Mich., enjoy the status.

City staff reports to the City Council that it now is forming an action plan on how to secure the status.

Among the requirements are for a city to provide bike racks on most city facilities and to equip buses with bike racks; to identify low-volume roads as touring routes; and to implement a “compete streets” policy that provides accommodations for bicyclists and pedestrians.

Council member Tom Podzimek, who has the led the campaign for the bike-friendly recognition, on Wednesday noted that the Mayor’s Annual Bike Ride and Bike-to-Work Week will be coming up in the months ahead.

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  1. Not to read too much into your headline, but I’d like to point out that this is more than about being “cool” for coolness’ sake.

    The measures a community takes toward achieving this designation can make it more liveable, more attractive to new businesses and their employees, and more attractive to people and businesses already here. They can relieve help traffic congestion, reduce air pollution and make a community safer for pedestrians, cyclists and everyone else.

    I guess that does make it cool, though, doesn’t it?

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