The following release was sent to Culver City Patch by the Culver City Bicycle Coalition
The Culver City Bicycle Coalition (CCBC) is proud to announce that the League of American Bicyclists has recognized Culver City as a Bicycle Friendly Community with an Honorable Mention. The award is a product of the hard work of City staff, community members, and, of course, Culver City’s elected officials.
Since its adoption in 2010, the Culver City Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan (BPMP) has led to concrete improvements for bicyclists and pedestrians throughout the City, with more on the way.
Being recognized by the League is no small task. Many cities apply each year, but without a formal bike-friendly foundation and plan going forward, many are rejected. Culver City was recognized for many improvements, including new bike routes and lanes, improved bike parking, successful safe routes to school programs, the addition of shared lane markings (aka sharrows), effective education and outreach program and a supportive community.
“Culver City has always had many great places to walk and bike. In fact we are already considered one of the top cities for walking in the country. The BPMP is about connecting these places together into a network that allows people to feel safe and comfortable getting around on two wheels, or with no wheels. The League of American Bicyclists recognized Culver City for those efforts,” CCBC co-founder Jim Shanman said.
In addition to recognizing communities for its achievements, the Bicycle Friendly Community (BFC) program is a valuable resource that offers guidance to local governments looking to become even more bike-friendly. As communities improve, they can be recognized with bronze, silver, gold, or platinum bicycle friendly community status. The League has identified specific policies and programs that will keep our local community moving in the right direction. This honorable mention recognizes that Culver City is on the path to reach these higher levels. CCBC looks forward to working with the City to take these next steps.
“We are genuinely appreciative of City staff who guided development of the Master Plan and are now working diligently on its implementation. This award is primarily a recognition of their leadership,” Shanman said.
CCBC thanks the League for recognizing the City’s many accomplishments in the past two years.
Editor’s note: This release may have been edited for brevity and clarity.