As an Upstate NY cyclist, bike accident lawyer, and a New York Bicycling Coalition Board member, I am wildly enthusiastic about the continuing strides being made in Buffalo and Rochester to promote safer cycling in those Upstate cities!
On Aug. 18, GO Bike Buffalo and other bicycling advocates in Western New York met with Bill Nester, Vice President of Programming with the League of American Bicyclists.
There is a great story about the meeting on the New York Bicycling Coalitiion website.
Nester was in Buffalo to talk about why it’s important for Buffalo and other communities to be part of the League’s Bicycle Friendly Communities program.
So why become a BFC?
From the NYBC story: By taking key steps to become a Bicycle Friendly Community, like adding and improving bike infrastructure such as protected bike lanes and trails, the BFC program benefits not only residents of your city but it also helps to attract people from other states and nations. Multiuse paths, rail trails, protected bike parking, great events like Buffalo’s Skyride and much more, are all BFC developments and activities that make people feel comfortable while biking in your town and region.
The meeting attracted local political leaders and the news media.
Rochester is also on the road to making its city more bicycle-friendly by working to make its Inner Loop safer for riders. I blogged about that project here.
The Rochester Cycling Alliance, the city’s bicycling advocacy group that is helping with the Inner Loop project, will host a 2016 meeting about the League’s Bicycling Friendly Communities. No date has been set yet, but I will publicize it here and I hope Twin Tiers residents will attend the meeting and begin advocating for similar status in Elmira, Corning and Ithaca. Better bike safety is good for everyone!
Thanks for reading!