MassDOT today honors Arlington, Salem, and Newton, three new communities recognized by the League of American Bicyclists as “Bicycle Friendly Communities.” Arlington attained a Bronze-level award, while Newton and Salem each received an Honorable Mention. They join Boston, Northampton and Somerville, the first Massachusetts communities recognized by the League in 2011.
“We are very pleased to see more Massachusetts communities honored for their bicycle friendliness,” said MassDOT Secretary Richard A. Davey. “Our mission is to provide safe, healthy and efficient transportation, and bicycle friendly communities are help support our GreenDOT policy objectives.”
Arlington, Newton and Salem were rated on a number of factors, such as bicycling infrastructure improvements, education and public outreach, and staff involvement – including police participation. Their ability to make improvements on a number of different fronts contributed to boosting local bicycling.
MassDOT looks forward to continuing to collaborate with these and other municipalities to realize our GreenDOT policy goal of promoting the healthy transportation modes of walking, bicycling and public transit.