The District of Columbia has received big praise for its efforts to accommodate cyclists in the city.
The League of American Bicyclists has labeled the District a “Gold” Bicycle Friendly Community, based on its number of bike lanes and trails, as well as the ubiquitousness of Capital Bikeshare. The city was also praised for its high number of residents who choose to bike to work. (The city ranks 2nd nationally, according to the cyclists league.)
“The League is thrilled to recognize the great work that has been done in Washington, D.C., with this Gold Bicycle Friendly Community award,” said Bill Nesper, Executive Director of the League of American Bicyclists in a press release. “While there is more to do to make bicycling a safe, comfortable, and accessible option for all, our nation’s capital stands as a model for other communities from every child receiving bicycling education to leading in bike sharing and expanding the bicycling network.”
The “Gold” rating is the organization’s third-highest rating behind Platinum and Diamond. The group presented District officials with the award at the National Bike Summit, which is taking place in the District this week.
There are a number of other communities in this region that have been labeled as bike friendly. Baltimore, Salisbury, Frederick, Columbia, Rockville, and Hagerstown in Maryland all have bronze ratings. Arlington and Alexandria have been labeled silver, while Vienna has a bronze rating.