College Station’s Bicycle Friendliness Earns Recognition
The City of College Station has received the Texas American Planning Association’s 2011 Project Planning Award for its Bicycle, Pedestrian, and Greenways Master Plan, and The League of American Bicyclists has named it one of only four Bicycle Friendly Communities in Texas.
The College Station City Council offered special recognition to the
city’s Planning and Development Services Department for both awards
prior to Thursday’s regular council meeting.
The project award is based on innovation, transferability, quality,
implementation and comprehensiveness in planning. The city adopted the
Bicycle, Pedestrian, and Greenways Master Plan in 2010 to provide
information and guidance on bike lanes, bike routes, sidewalks and
multi-use paths. The plan focuses on improving safety, connectivity and
accessibility while encouraging bicycling, walking and environmental
stewardship. More than 48 miles of bike lanes and paths have been
constructed in College Station.
"We are delighted to receive this recognition and will continue to work
toward implementing the Bicycle, Pedestrian, and Greenways Master Plan
to improve the quality of life for our citizens and their ability to
safely and easily bike and walk in our community," Greenways Project
Manager Venessa Garza said.
The honorable mention Bicycle Friendly Community designation recognizes
a commitment to improving bicycling conditions through promotional
activities, education programs, infrastructure and pro-bicycling
policies. The League of American Bicyclists awards five designations --
platinum, gold, silver, bronze and honorable mention. The other Texas
cities designated as Bicycle Friendly Communities are Austin (silver),
San Antonio (bronze) and The Woodlands (bronze).
“The League of American Bicyclists congratulates College Station for
implementing successful, long-term bicycle plans and programs that
provide quality of life improvements for their citizens,” League
President Andy Clarke said. “Even in tough economic times it is clear
that cities are choosing bicycling as a key to building the places
people want to live, work and visit.”
On the web:
Texas American Planning Association
The League of American Bicyclists
College Station Planning and Development Services Department