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Silverthorne is now a League of American Bicyclists recognized Silver Bicycle Friendly Community!

Published June 11, 2020
Biker on the Blue River trail

In February, Silverthorne applied for the League of American Bicyclists’ prestigious Bicycle Friendly Community (BFC) award. It has long been a goal of Silverthorne to be a recognized leader for the work our local citizens and staff have put in over the years to make our community more accessible by bike. Today, we’re proud to be part of the 482 communities across the United States that are transforming America one Bicycle Friendly Community at a time.

The League’s executive director, Bill Nesper, had this to say about our award, particularly at this time in our nation’s history: “Across the country, we have seen so many Americans biking during the pandemic. It’s critical that there are communities like Silverthorne taking the steps to make biking a safe, accessible option for people, whether they are commuting to essential jobs or looking for recreational options outside their homes. This award is the culmination of years of work put in by Silverthorne and its citizen advocates for better biking. ”

The Silver BFC award recognizes Silverthorne’s commitment to improving conditions for all people who bike through investments in bike education programs, bike events that promote and encourage people to choose biking, pro-bike policies, and bike infrastructure.

“The Town of Silverthorne has been very supportive of bicycling as evidenced by the construction of the Blue River Trail, the annual Cycle Silverthorne events each June, and the work on the Salt Lick mountain biking trails,” said Silverthorne Parks Open Space and Trails (SPORT) committee member Kathy Swanson. “It is a proud achievement to receive the designation as Silver Bicycle Friendly Community with the goal of continuing to expand cycling opportunities and events into the future.”

Learn more about the League’s Bicycle Friendly Community program at bikeleague.org/community.

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