Thanks to the work of local advocates Anacortes has become the latest community recognized by the League of American Bicyclists as a Bicycle-Friendly Community, joining 10 other cities in the #1 Bicycle-Friendly State in the US to receive the honor at some level.
The Go Skagit headline gives credit where it belongs: “Medal to the Pedalers.” The advocates who have worked for years, and who gained Honorable Mention status for Anacortes in a previous application round, used the standards of the League’s BFC program to work for improvements.
The League was impressed with many aspects of the City of Anacortes’ efforts to build a world-class bicycle-friendly community:
- The great people pushing to make Anacortes a community that actively welcomes cycling of all kinds.
- Local achievements including the Tommy Thompson trail, Guemes Trannel Channel, New Bicycle component to the Transportation Comprehensive Plan reviewed and approved by the city council, and the Local and Regional Bike Corridor Map for Anacortes and Fidalgo Island showing difficulty ratings, steepness, etc.
- And of course, the great support from Anacortes Bike/Pedestrian Advisory Committee (AB/PAC), Skagit Active Community Task Force (ACT), and citizens.
- Anacortes gets bronze recognition as bicycle friendly community (Go Anacortes)
- Bicyclists recognize city for bike trails (Anacortes Now)
- Anacortes Wants the Guemes Channel Trail!
- Congressman Rick Larsen to Visit Guemes Channel Trail with Community, Civic, Business Leaders
- Taking Stock of the 2013 Legislative Session: Part 1–Victories and Thanks
- Guemes Channel Trail: Complete the Dream
- Parks group advancing Guemes trail dream (Go Anacortes)
- Rail-trail trestles let you walk on water (sort of) (Seattle Times)
- Suburbs Join the Rise of Bicycle Friendly Communities (League of American Bicyclists)
Resources for bicycling in Anacortes and Skagit County
- Skagit Bicycle Club
- Skagit County Bike Maps
- Bike-Friendly Washington (list of League-recognized communities, businesses, and universities)
Does your community want to be recognized as bicycle-friendly?
- League of American Bicyclists Bicycle-Friendly America Program (next deadline: Feb. 19, 2014)