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Arlington gets national award for bicycling friendliness

Posted by Brock Parker  May 14, 2012 11:47 AM

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The national League of American Bicyclists has named Arlington a bronze award as a bicycle friendly community.

The Washington D.C.-based nonprofit organization that promotes bicycling for fun, fitness and transportation, announced the award Monday making Arlington one of 214 municipalities in the country to be named a Bicycle Friendly Community.

The League, which also awards silver, gold and platinum awards for bicycle friendliness, recognized Arlington for its the Minuteman Bikeway, as wells as a municipal bike rack installation program, plans to improve bicycle safety along Massachusetts Avenue in East Arlington and plans to improve the crossing for bicycles in Arlington Center.

Arlington’s Bicycle Advisory Committee applied for the award in February, and a press release form Town Manager Adam Chapdelaine’s office today said the award will make the town more competitive when applying for transportation, tourism and community safety grants.

“We are honored to receive this national award,” Chapdelaine said. “It’s great to see increasing activity and interest in bicycling in Arlington and beyond, and we thank the Arlington Bicycle Advisory Committee for their dedication and efforts to improve local bicycling conditions and safety.

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