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Vail named ‘bicycle friendly community’

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Dominique Taylor/Vail Daily file photoThe popularity of biking in Vail, Colorado and its system of rec paths make the town one of 10 in Colorado to win recognition from a national biking organization.
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VAIL, Colorado ” The town of Vail, Colorado has been named a “bicycle friendly community” by the League of American Bicyclists.

The organization gave Vail a bronze designation for its system of recreation paths and the popularity of biking in the town, said Gregg Barrie, the town’s landscape architect, who prepared the application.

Vail joins Boulder, Steamboat Springs, Durango and six other Colorado cities and towns that have received the designation. Thirteen other towns across the country received the distinction this year.

The application process to become a bicycle friendly community is rigorous ” only 108 of the 274 applicants have earned the four-year designation, Barrie said.-

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To earn one of the four levels of the award ” platinum, gold, silver and bronze ” applicants complete a detailed online form with numerous questions in five key areas: engineering, education, encouragement, enforcement and planning. Local cyclists, national experts and League staff pick the winners.

“This is an exciting award for Vail as well as for Eagle County,” said Barrie. “The ECO Trails program is working hard to expand the county’s bicycle facilities with new separated paths as well as widened bike lanes.-

“However, the recognition goes beyond facilities to include attitudes and enthusiasm about biking.”

June is Colorado Bike Month, Barrie said he is encouraging participation in the annual Eagle County Bike to Work Day, which will be held on June 24.

To learn more about the league’s Bicycle Friendly Community program, visit http://www.bicyclefriendlyamerica.org. For information about Colorado Bike Month, visit http://www.eaglecounty.us/ecotrails.


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