Two additional Massachusetts communities, Cambridge, and Newton, have been recognized as “Bicycle Friendly” by the League of American Bicyclists, the national bicycling organization based in Washington, DC. This is the first year Cambridge was selected, in the coveted Gold category. Newton was previously noted as an Honorable Mention, and has now been recognized in the Bronze bracket.
These communities join Boston (Silver), Arlington, Northampton and Somerville (all Bronze), and Salem (Honorable Mention), which were previously selected.
“We are pleased to see more Massachusetts communities recognized as bicycle friendly,” said MassDOT Secretary Richard A. Davey. “We strive to provide safe, healthy and efficient transportation, and bicycle friendly communities are consistent with our GreenDOT and our Mode Shift goal.”
MassDOT itself has been designated as a Bicycle Friendly Business, and is partnering with Commonwealth communities to improve local bicycling, walking and transit conditions, in order to reduce congestion and greenhouse gases, and to create a healthier and more sustainable state.
Cambridge and Newton were judged on factors, such as bicycling infrastructure improvements, education and public outreach, and staff and police involvement. Making improvements in a number of ways have all added to effectively boosting local bicycling and to attracting more bicyclists.
MassDOT is again very proud to see these important municipal bicycling accomplishments recognized by the League of American Bicyclists. Congratulations to all these Commonwealth communities!
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