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Sequim is newest bicycle friendly community in Washington state; joins 18 named nationwide

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The uncharacteristically sunny and dry weather in Sequim on Washington’s Olympic Peninsula always has made it a good destination for bicycling. Now there’s another reason.

Bridge over Dungeness River near Sequim

Bridge over Dungeness River near Sequim

The League of American Bicyclists announced today that the town of 6,624 has earned designation as a bicycle-friendly community.

There are currently 303 communities listed as bicycle friendly nationwide. Now 13 are in Washington state.

Eighteen communities were added to the “bicycle-friendly” list across the US in the latest announcement. They are:

Akron, OH – Bronze

Chula Vista, CA – Bronze

Edina, MN – Bronze

Farmington, CT – Bronze

Healdsburg, CA – Bronze

Henderson, NV – Bronze

Key Biscayne, FL – Bronze

Las Vegas, NV – Bronze

Menomonie, WS – Bronze

Mesquite, NV – Bronze

Milledgeville, GA – Bronze

Portsmouth, VA – Bronze

Rancho Cucamonga, CA – Bronze

Sequim, WA – Bronze

The Villages, FL – Silver

West Hartford, CT – Bronze

York,  PA – Bronze



Sequim is the smallest town on the list. The owner of Ben’s Bikes, Sam Chandler, filled out all the paperwork that the League requires for the designation.

“We’ve got such a great cycling infrastructure and a really well-stocked community. It just seemed like we were exactly fit for this,” Chandler told the Peninsula Times.

The Olympic Discovery Trail passes through town, bringing a lot of traveling bicyclists. Many residents actively volunteer to keep the trail in shape.

Also, eighty percent of Sequim’s arterial roads have bicycle facilities, such as bike lanes or sharrows.

The League grades applications based on the “Five E’s”:

Engineering

Education

Encouragement

Enforcement

Evaluation and planning

Depending how they score, cities receive either a platinum, gold, silver or bronze designation. Communities that are making progress will receive an honorable mention.

 

Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2014/05/14/sequim-is-newest-bicycle-friendly-community-in-washington-state-joins-18-named-nationwide/

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