Due to its efforts to support bicycle programs, the city of Santa Monica has received some recent accolades from bicycle advocacy organizations.
In celebration of National Bike Month, the League of American Bicyclists has selected the city of Santa Monica for “Silver” status as a bicycle friendly community.
In addition, Walk Score, a national organization devoted to promoting walkable neighborhoods, picked Santa Monica for the No. 5 spot on its Bike Score list of “Top 100” most bikeable cities.
“The Bicycle Friendly Community Silver award is presented only to communities with remarkable commitments to bicycling. You should be very proud of this accomplishment,” wrote Nicole Wynands, program manager for the League of American Bicyclists.
The Bicycle Friendly Community “Silver” award was presented to Mayor Pam O’Connor by Jennifer Klausner, executive director of the Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition May 15 at the courtyard behind City Hall. Prior to the award presentation, Santa Monica Spoke and city staff lead a bicycle tour highlighting new bicycle facilities and honoring Bike Week.
Santa Monica earned a bike score of 83 from Walk Score, based on a rating that considers
infrastructure, hilly terrain, numbers of bikers on streets and more.
City officials say Santa Monica has embraced bicycling as one of the most important strategies to help achieve its environmental, economic and quality of life goals. The city adopted an award-winning Bike Action Plan in November 2011.
Information www.bikesantamonica.org.