The League of American Bicyclists has added 15 more communities to its list of Bicycle Friendly Communities.
The 15 are among a list of 61 towns and cities in 27 states honored by the League in this week’s announcement. The others either renewed their status on the Bicycle Friendly list or improved their standings on the reward ladder of Bronze, Silver, Gold, Platinum, and Diamond.
To be included on the list, communities submit an application that examines leadership and investment in bicycle infrastructure in the community, as well as education and outreach to encourage people to ride their bikes to work, or for recreation or errands.
In all, the League reports 464 bicycle friendly communities in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.
Among the communities added to the list, Shoreline was the only one in Washington state. The League report card credited Shoreline with expanding its bike network and for having a bike plan that is “somewhat” being implemented. Fifteen percent of the city’s transportation budget goes to bicycling.
With 875 residents, Battle Lake, MN, was the smallest town among the latest additions. Pinellas County, FL, was the largest at 971,000 residents.
Here’s the list of new cities:
Pinellas County, FL
Anne Arundel County (Annapolis), MD
Battle Lake, MN
San Marcos, TX
Mill Valley, CA