What is a Bicycle-Friendly Community?
The Bicycle-Friendly Community program recognizes communities that actively support bicycling for fun, fitness and transportation. The League of American Bicyclists, a bicycling group based in Washington, D.C., has granted BFC status to more than 70 communities nationwide, including Louisville and Lexington. Cities both large and small have received the award, including other college towns such as Boulder, Colorado, and Auburn, Alabama.
As taxpayers, cyclists pay to use the roads too. Cyclists have the same legal right as motorists to use the roads (except limited access roads). When a cyclist rides on the road as a vehicle, the cyclist must ride in a lawful and predictable manner. Be sure to use hand signals and obey traffic signs, lights, and road markings.
Kentucky law states that cyclists shall: “Be granted all the rights and be subject to all the duties” applicable to drivers of any vehicle. A bicycle is a vehicle, not a toy, and as such, must obey the traffic rules and regulations pertaining to all highway users. Motorists should regard bicyclists as they would any other vehicle.
- Cycling is the 6th most popular sports activity in the United States
- There are 42.1 million participants in cycling, making the sport larger than golf, tennis, skiing, or snowboarding.
- 41% of cyclists commute to work by bicycle. Facts from Bicycle Magazine Survey, February 2002