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Tacoma earns first “bicycle friendly” distinction from League of American Bicyclists

Post by Craig Hill / The News Tribune on May 14, 2012 at 2:59 pm |
May 14, 2012 3:00 pm

Tacoma joined the ranks of bicycle friendly communities today earning a bronze designation from the League of American Bicyclists.

Tacoma was one of 24 new cities to make the Washington D.C. organization’s annual list. This year’s list included 214 communities from 47 states. The League of American Bicyclists honors cities with platinum, gold, silver or bronze designations to cities based on how safe and accommodating they are for cyclists.

The league currently ranks Washington as the country’s most bicycle friendly state.

Olympia, a previous honoree, once again earned silver. Seattle earned a gold designation while nobody in the state earned platinum.

Bellingham and Redmond earned silver. Bainbridge Island, Liberty Lake, Port Townsend, Snohomish, Spokane and Vancouver earned bronze.

Blake Trask of the Bicycle Alliance of Washington said Diane Wiatr of the City of Tacoma deserves much of the credit for earning this honor.

Wiatr was unavailable for comment.

While Tacoma area cyclists might believe Tacoma can do much more to be bike friendly, Trask says the award is a great sign for the city.

“Everybody wants to be like Portland now,” Trask said of the only Northwest city to earn a platinum award. “But 15-20 years ago Portland was right were Tacoma is now. It’s a start.”

 

 

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