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Colorado Springs earns 'silver' as bike-friendly city
A list of the most bike-friendly towns in the country was released Monday, and Colorado Springs is on it.
But we're not as bike-friendly as some other Colorado cities, like Boulder, which is a "platinum" biking town, and Durango, which received gold-level status on the latest list.
Local cycling advocate Allen Beauchamp posted this note on Facebook on Monday: "Let's celebrate the Silver and start collaborating on 'Going for the Gold' the next round!"
Cities are studied and named to the list by the American League of Bicyclists.
Boulder maintains its crown as a "platinum" level Bike Friendly Community. Only two other towns in the U.S. share that distinction: Davis, Calif., and Portland, Ore.
Durango was rated silver in 2008 and jumped to the gold level this year.
“No doubt the work of the entire community helped us achieve the Gold,” Mary Oswald, chair of Bicycle Friendly Durango, said in a news release.
Durango Mayor Doug Lyon, an avid cyclist and dean of the business school at Fort Lewis College, said cycling is an economic driver.
“It is anticipated that the bike industry in Durango brings in several million dollars annually with the seven bike shops, trails and tourism, events, the 18-time Fort Lewis College National Championship bike team and the professional athletes who live and work here,” he said in the news release.
Bicycle-friendly communities are judged on how well they provide safe accommodation to bicyclists and how well they encourage people to ride for recreation and transportation.
Steamboat Springs also has achieved "gold" status.