The City of Golden is recognized by the League of American Bicyclists as one of the more bicycle-friendly communities in the country. Golden’s Silver Award takes the city a step above the previous designation of Bronze in 2010. “The increase in designation from Bronze to Silver shows the City’s dedication to improve cycling within the community,” said Golden City Planner Nick Eagleson. “The City has been hard at work to improve infrastructure, promote access and increase education and safety for both employees and the public.”
The City of Golden has taken many steps over the past few years to implement a “complete streets” policy. Among the efforts are added bike lanes on roads and additional bike/pedestrian bridges connecting neighborhoods to a major transit center. The City has also worked on outreach to the community. More public information and safety tips are offered through bike rodeos, commuter classes for both employees and the public, as well as basic traffic skills classes for riders and drivers. In addition, Golden has partnered with local bike clubs and shops to show its commitment to cycling in parks, on tracks and through rides and races.
The Silver Bicycle Friendly Community Award puts Golden in an elite group of just 326 other cities in the country who are transforming their communities. It recognizes a commitment to improving conditions for bicycling through investment in bicycling promotion, education programs, infrastructure and pro-bicycling policies.