Lafayette City-Parish was recognized with an Honorable
Mention as a Bicycle Friendly Community from the League of American
Bicyclists. The Bicycle Friendly
Community℠ (BFC℠) program provides a roadmap to improve conditions for
bicycling and guidance to help make a community’s vision for a better, bikeable
community a reality. The Honorable
Mention acknowledges the efforts the community of Lafayette has made to become
more hospitable to bicyclists. Applicant
communities are judged in five categories: engineering, education,
encouragement, enforcement, and evaluation & planning.
The application was filed by Monique Koll of BikeLafayette
with the assistance of the Lafayette Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO).
Projects and programs that contributed to the Honorable Mention
designation, which were implemented by Lafayette Consolidated Government, the
Lafayette Metropolitan Planning Organization, and the University of Louisiana
at Lafayette with support from Bike Lafayette and T.R.A.I.L., include:
MPO Resolution No. R-002-2013, a goal of spending 10% of Urban Systems funding
for bicycle and pedestrian improvements
de Lafayette, Lafayette’s first bicycle festival
Mary Boulevard bicycle lanes
Trail Phase II, a bicycle and pedestrian underpass providing access across
Highway 90 and linking Beaver Park to Vermilionville and the Jean Lafitte
Acadian Cultural Center
the Road signage along popular rural bicycle routes in northeast Lafayette
“We congratulate Bike Lafayette and thank them for their
work to help Lafayette achieve this designation. Throughout the comprehensive
planning process, we have heard a lot from community members who want Lafayette
to be more bike-friendly, and recognitions like this one help build the
reputation of cycling in our community,” said City-Parish President Joey Durel.
The League of American Bicyclists
works to create a more Bicycle Friendly America for everyone. Learn more at http://bikeleague.org/.
Bike Lafayette works to make
Lafayette a more bicycle friendly city through advocacy. Learn more at http://bikelafayette.org/.