Phoenix Garners National Praise for Bicycle Program

Being safe and accessible for many transportation options isn't just a possibility for large Oregon cities. The Jackson County town of Phoenix has received an honorable mention as a Bicycle Friendly Community from the League of American Bicyclists.

A resident-led effort has worked in the small community to identify multiple improvements for accessiblity and safety that attracted the League's attention, the Mail-Tribune reports. It's the first time Phoenix has been included in the report, which generally ranks communities on a scale of bronze through platinum but includes honorable mentions for places that are making progress to being safe and accessible for people on bikes.

The Mail Tribune reports that programs set up by Phoenix include better crossings for the immensely popular Bear Creek Greenway, a low-cost helmet program at City Hall, bike safety programs at schools, and a traffic violation diversion program fo people cited while riding bikes.

Applying for the certification is time-intensive, but local residents are pleased with the distinction. And much of the credit goes to the local citizens who have pushed the City to find creative strategies for improving transportation safety and expanding options in the city.

Oregon has ten "Bicycle Friendly Communities". Other smaller communities that have been honored are Albany, Ashland, Corvallis, and Sisters, along with many of the state's larger cities. For more information on which Oregon communities are rated as "bicycle friendly," click here to visit the League of American Bicyclists website.

Many other Oregon communities can employ these strategies for better health, safety, and community improvement. With the right kind of commitment from local residents, community leaders, and smart land use and transportation policies, better options for getting around can be a reality for everyone. Congratulations, Phoenix!

Read the full Mail-Tribune story here.