The League of American Bicyclists Monday named Cambridge a gold-level bicycle friendly community, making the city one of the two highest-rated cities east of the Mississippi River.
“We are inspired when we see places like Cambridge making bicycling safer and more convenient,” said Andy Clarke, President of the League of American Bicyclists in a press release Monday.
The Bicycle Friendly Community program seeks to help transform the way communities evaluate quality of life by assessing investment in bicycling promotion, education programs, infrastructure and municipal policies.
Cambridge is the highest rated city for bicycle friendliness on the East Coast, according to the non-profit organization. Madison, Wis., is the only other city east of the Mississippi River to achieve the gold rating.
“Cambridge is proud of its reputation as one of the best cities for bicycling in the U.S. and is pleased to be recognized as such,” said Cambridge City Manager Robert Healy in the press release.
Healy said the city has invested in making cycling a priority, including establishing the Hubway bike share program and creating a expansive network of bicycle facilities.
Nationwide, 18 cities have received the gold-level rating, and a total of four cities have received the highest rating of platinum, according to the League’s website.
Cambridge Mayor Henrietta Davis will accept the Gold Bicycle Friendly Award in a ceremony Saturday, May 18, at 9:30 a.m. at the Cambridge Main Library at 449 Broadway before the Cambridge Bicycle Committee’s “Sweet Ride.”