Moab’s reputation as a great place to ride a bicycle got a boost this week from the League of American Bicyclists. The national organization has named the Moab area a Silver level Bicycle Friendly Community (BFC), city officials said during the May 14 Moab City Council meeting.
In February, the Grand County Council joined Moab City Council in support of filing an application for the status. On May 13, the League of American Bicyclists announced that the Moab area is one of 17 communities to be newly awarded BFC status, and Moab is the only one of those 17 to receive Silver status.
“We are inspired when we see places like Grand County and Moab City making bicycling safer and more convenient,” Andy Clarke, president of the League of American Bicyclists, said in a news release. “We know that investment will be returned many times over in the health, environmental, transportation and quality of life benefits of a thriving, attractive community.”
“The BFC program is transforming the way communities evaluate their quality of life, sustainability and transportation networks, while allowing them to benchmark their progress toward improving their bicycle-friendliness,” the news release stated.
In awarding the Silver level status, the League of American Bicyclists acknowledged several of the “significant bicycling achievements” in Moab and Grand County, including the new construction of more than 75 miles of single track trails, the extension of the Mill Creek Parkway, the increasing number of bicycle events and the “formation of Trail Mix and Moab Trails Alliance,” according to Moab City Community Development Director David Olsen.
When considering a community for BFC status, the League of American Bicyclists concentrates on the “five E’s” – engineering, education, encouragement, enforcement and evaluation and planning, according to the group’s website.
The Moab/Grand County area joins 258 other Bicycle Friendly Communities that have been designated across 47 states, according to the news release. Silver is the third-highest designation a community can receive, following Platinum and Gold. Aspen, Colo., Bend, Ore., Park City, and Salt Lake City also hold Silver level designations.
Moab City Mayor David Sakrison on Tuesday proclaimed the week of May 13-17 as Moab Bike to Work Week in honor of National Bike to Work Week and the area’s new designation.
In honor of Bike to Work Week, several local coffee shops are offering free coffee to morning bicycle commuters who bring their own cup. On Thursday, May 16, Love Muffin and the Moab Chevron will provide a free cup of house coffee. On Friday, free coffee will be available at Moab Coffee Roasters and the Peace Tree.