Friday, November 18, 2016
Ada County – A strong commitment to designing and building bicycle facilities, a vibrant cycling culture and a plan to increase amenities and ridership has earned Ada County another Silver rating from the League of American Bicyclists.
Ada County named Silver-Level “Bicycle Friendly Community”
The league bestowed the award to the Ada County Highway District on Wednesday, reaffirming the county’s status as one of the few in the nation to earn the designation.
"With every roadway project we do, ACHD looks for opportunities to add bicycle lanes, and to enhance bicycle travel for users throughout the county," ACHD Director Bruce Wong said. "We spend more than $2 million annually on bicycle facilities, and add 7 to15 miles of new bicycle facility each year. This shows that we are on the right path."
Ada was the only county to be a silver-level recipient in this round of awards and remains just one of four counties nationwide to hold the designation. A total of 404 communities have been recognized under the league’s program, which promotes the growth of cycling in communities for transportation and recreation.
Ada won the silver award in 2012 after first being named a bronze-level community in 2004.
The county has 306 miles of bike lanes, more than 400 bicycle wayfinding signs, and has dozens of miles of designated bike routes on arterial and neighborhood streets.
In 2009, the ACHD Commission approved the Roadways to Bikeways Plan, which aims to install bicycle facilities within a quarter of a mile of 95 percent of residents within Ada County.
ACHD also formed a Bicycle Advisory Committee, a panel of local cyclists, who represent commuters and recreational cyclists and meet monthly to give advice to the district regarding upcoming projects and ongoing cycling needs and issues.
For more information on the award and the league’s program, go to this link: http://www.bikeleague.org/content/103-bicycle-friendly-communities-awarded