DOVER – May 2, 2014 – At yesterday’s Walkable Bikeable Delaware Summit, the president of the League of American Bicyclists (LAB) announced that Delaware had moved up in the Bicycle Friendly State rankings among all states to #4 in the U.S.
Along with the new ranking, LAB also issues Bicycle Friendly State “Report Cards” to all 50 states. The report cards explain a little about the point system for the Bicycle Friendly State ranking and the number of points that each state received. Much more importantly, the report cards provide feedback about how states can improve their friendliness to bicycles.
To achieve the goals Delaware’s report card identifies, participants in Thursday’s summit heard stories and practical advice from transportation professionals from two of the most bicycle friendly places in the United States.
Robert Burchfield, the City Traffic Engineer for the Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT), has worked for 28 years for the City of Portland. He manages the Traffic and Parking Operations as well as Active Transportation programs for PBOT. He spoke about Portland’s many years of work to make Portland the most bicycle-friendly large city in the United States.
Marni Ratzel is a Senior Planner with the City of Boulder’s GO Boulder Program and has worked for municipal governments in transportation planning for over 17 years. She explained how Boulder made cycling a mainstream part of its transportation system.
The 2014 Walkable Bikeable Delaware Summit was made possible by its incredible partners and sponsors:
• Summit focuses on making First State more bicycle friendly (WDDE – Delaware Public Media)
• Neighborhood Greenways (Portland Bureau of Transportation)