Today, the League of American Bicyclists announced the latest round of Bicycle Friendly Communities (BFC) and Jackson/Teton County was named a Gold BFC, one of only 16 cities across the country to earn Gold designation. The Gold BFC award recognizes Jackson/Teton County’s commitment to improving conditions for bicycling through investment in bicycling promotion, education programs, infrastructure and pro-bicycling policies.
“The popularity of this program is clear evidence that investment in bicycling is a major catalyst in creating the kind of vibrant communities people want to live, work and visit, said League President Andy Clarke. "Jackson and Teton County recognize that simple steps to make bicycling safe and comfortable pay huge dividends in civic, community and economic development.”
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 214 BFCs in 47 states across America.
“The Town of Jackson and Teton County have made a strong commitment to improving transportation access and quality of life for our residents and many visitors by making cycling safe, enjoyable, and convenient,” said Town of Jackson Mayor Mark Barron. “Our Town and County pathways systems are clearly recognized as one of the best in the country, and our continuing investments in creating safe streets and connections that work for all users are extremely important in helping the community meet its transportation needs in the future.”
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 four levels of the award – platinum, gold, silver and bronze – provide a clear incentive for communities to continuously improve.
“The designation as a Gold-level Bicycle Friendly Community recognizes Jackson and Teton County as a leader in developing innovative solutions to our transportation needs,” said Ben Ellis, Chairman of the Teton County Board of Commissioners. “It also highlights the value our community places on providing safe transportation options that reduce impacts to our economic and environmental resources.”
Three communities, Portland, OR, Boulder, CO, and Davis, CA have earned platinum level.
Ed's Note: It's good to have goals.