The League of American Bicyclists has recognized the City of Mill Valley with a Silver Level Bicycle Friendly Community (BFC) award, joining 464 visionary communities from across the country. The Silver Level BFC award recognizes the City of Mill Valley’s commitment to improving conditions for bicycling through investment in bicycling promotion, education programs, and infrastructure. The designation is valid for four years and will be up for renewal in 2022.
“This award is welcome and well-deserved for our community. Bicycling is an integral part of our City's transportation system, and this award is the result of years of community-based effort to reimagine and achieve our transportation goals,” Mill Valley Mayor Stephanie Moulton-Peters said.
The award follows the adoption of our Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan in 2017, which played a significant role in developing programs and policies to support our goal of becoming a bicycle- and pedestrian-friendly community. The Plan, developed by the citizen-based Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee, identifies a number of goals, including developing a network of bikeways and walkways, identifying safety improvements, and developing strategies to encourage cycling in Mill Valley.
Many community groups and individuals contribute to creating a bike-friendly community, such as Transportation Authority of Marin’s Safe Routes to Schools program, which is integrated throughout the school programs to promote bike ridership, safety and awareness. The City also supports community-wide Bike to Work and School Day/Week events, bicycle registration, and education programs through our Police Department’s Community Services division.
A number of infrastructure programs, including bike lanes, “sharrows” and signage, have been implemented in past years, providing bike connections throughout town. One of our crowning accomplishments was the completion of the complete rehabilitation of Miller Avenue – a 2-mile major arterial with new continuous bike lanes. Another program is Share the Path - initiated by a partnership among the County of Marin, City of Mill Valley, and the Marin County Bicycle Coalition to encourage safety and awareness on the Mill Valley-Sausalito Multi-Use Path.
“This award is a welcome recognition of our work towards our goal to provide a network of bicycle infrastructure and programs to promote non-automotive travel and to encourage active forms of recreation in our beautiful City,” Debbie Alley, Chair of the Bicycle and Pedestrian Committee said.
With the announcement of 61 new and renewing BFCs today, the City of Mill Valley joins a leading group of communities in every state that are transforming the American landscape.
“We applaud these communities for making bicycling a safe and convenient option for transportation and recreation,” said Bill Nesper, Executive Director at the League of American Bicyclists. “We are encouraged by the growing number of leaders who see bicycling as a way to build more vibrant, healthy, sustainable and connected communities and be a part of the solution to many complex challenges faced at both the community and national levels.”
Since the Bicycle Friendly Community program’s inception over 20 years ago, more than 800 distinct communities have applied for recognition. The program provides a roadmap to building a Bicycle Friendly Community for communities of all shapes and sizes. The rigorous application process is an educational tool in itself, and includes an opportunity for local bicyclists to provide input on their experiences and perceptions of bicycling in their community.
The League of American Bicyclists provides feedback and guidance to every applicant community, regardless of award designation, with the goal of helping every community to improve. Awarded communities must renew their status every four years to ensure that they not only maintain existing efforts, but also keep up with changing technology, national safety standards, and community-driven best practices.
To learn more about the City’s Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan, click here. To learn more about the BFC program, click here.