The League of American Bicyclists named 15 more cities to its Bicycle-Friendly Community list this week, bringing the grand total to 124.
While cities named to the list over the past 14 years are predominantly from western states, the League trumpeted the fact that 10 of the 15 newest communities came from midwestern or eastern states.
The addition of the new communities means that 35 million of us live in Bicycle-Friendly Communities. And figures in the American Community Survey released recently by the US Census Bureau show that workers in bike-friendly communities commute by bicycle at more than double the national average.
The new bicycle-friendly communities and their level of participation are:
Breckenridge CO — Silver
Anchorage AK — Bronze
Baton Rouge LA — Bronze
Calistoga CA — Bronze
Grand Rapids MI — Bronze
Greensboro NC — Bronze
Greenville SC — Bronze
Indianapolis & Marion County IN — Bronze
Iowa City IA — Bronze
North Little Rock AR — Bronze
Riverside CA — Bronze
Sioux Falls SD — Bronze
Sonoma CA — Bronze
St. Louis MO — Bronze
Tallahassee FL — Bronze
This marks the first time that communities in Arkansas, Louisiana or South Dakota have made it onto the list.
In addition, Boca Raton, Florida, and Chandler, Arizona, were renewed to the bronze level and Eugene, Oregon, was renewed to the gold level.
Cities that received an honorable mention were Annapolis, MD; Baltimore, MD; Cedar Rapids, IA; Charleston, SC; Cumberland, MD; Emerald Isle, NC; Gresham, OR; Hamilton County, OH; Jacksonville, FL; Nashville, TN; New Orleans, LA; Norman, OK; Palm Desert, CA; Portland, ME; Rockville, MD; Sumter County, SC; and Warrenville, IL.
In this newest round, George Hincapie's home of Greenville joined Lance Armstrong hometown of Austin on the Bicycle Friendly Community list. So far, Santa Rosa, home of Levi Leipheimer, hasn't made it onto the list.
If you're tired of reading about other cities making it onto the Bicycle Friendly Community list, there's a step-by-step guide you can read to learn how to make your town bike friendly.