In honor of National Bike Month, the League of American Bicyclists, a nonprofit group that is an advocate for the rights of cyclists, awarded the City of Santa Monica a “bronze level distinction” for its “remarkable commitments to bicycling” on May 4th.
The city boasts nearly 16 miles of bike lanes, 19 miles of bike routes and a three-mile-long beach bike path.
Santa Monica is the first city in western Los Angeles County to be given the award. Long Beach was also among this year’s honorees.
Municipalities are recognized for their role in promoting bicycling in five key categories — education, engineering, enforcement, encouragement and evaluation. The league awards platinum, gold, silver and bronze awards twice each year.
Santa Monica’s bicycle valet program parked more than 20,000 bikes last year at community events, a city spokesperson said. Plans are underway to build additional bicycle parking facilities downtown.