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Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Bike Advocacy Flourishing in Spokane

The Bicycle Alliance has worked with Spokane citizens for a number of years to help bring biking to the forefront.  We helped local cyclists hone their advocacy skills, assisted with the development of a regional trails plan, organized community support for the completion of the Fish Lake Trail, and advocated for the adoption of a bicycle master plan. 

The advocacy seeds we have sown in Spokane have taken root and are flourishing.  The cycling climate has improved and the City recently received national recognition from the League of American Bicyclists with a bronze level Bicycle Friendly Community designation!

Spokane continues to do a lot, from electing pro-bicycle city council members, adopting a bicycle master plan, passing a complete streets resolution, hiring its first bicycle and pedestrian coordinator, and working even closer with the regional public health agency to promote safe routes to school. The list goes on…

As Jon Snyder, a city council member, long time bicycle advocate, and publisher of “Out There Monthly” magazine said "We've come a long way in the past few years thanks to a popular groundswell for urban cycling, but there's much more to do. I think Spokane is one of the nation's best cities for close, accessible, diverse recreational cycling. When you combine that with a great push for bicycle transportation you end up with an outstanding place to live."

We tip our helmets to our friends in Spokane!

1 comment:

  1. Bike to Work Spokane is underway!
    I am looking forward to Spokane's "Summer Parkways" rides where a few roads will be closed for people-powered wheels only for two big events. Thanks to our Spokane Bicycle Advisory Board members and other advocates for spearheading great events.