A Bicycle Friendly Community

We spent the afternoon in Davis, CA, one of only three cities in the United States designated a platinum-level “Bicycle Friendly Community” by the League of American Bicyclists. The above photo illustrates what the bike rack at the transit center of a platinum-level Bicycle Friendly Community looks like on a quiet Sunday afternoon. Everywhere we looked, people of all ages were going about their business on bicycles, wearing regular clothes, and having fun. Coming into town we had to smile wide at an elderly woman in a long skirt, floral blouse, and Sunday hat, cruising along at a good clip with a beautiful pedal stroke. Michael exclaimed, “Sheesh, even the grandmothers in Davis have a buttery smooth pedal stroke!”

Davis is a perfect example of what can happen when city planners and the community work together over a period of years to improve conditions for bicyclists and promote bicycling as a serious form of transportation.

City of Davis
Profile of Davis as a Bicycle Friendly Community

7 Responses to “A Bicycle Friendly Community”

  • peteathome says:

    Sadly, Davis’ bike share has been falling as the facilities increase. In 1980 the bike share was 28%. By 2000 if had fallen to 14%. “City and university staff attribute
    this to changing demographics, intercity commuting and increased transit.” according to a Davis report. Let’s hope they can reverse this decline.

  • Stephen says:

    It still beats virtually everywhere else in America. I’d move there if I was willing to uproot my family. I’d love to know the economic return/impact of the city’s bicycle infrastructure.

  • Alan says:

    It’s a lovely city and like you say, it’s high up there as a biking community among U.S. cities. Home prices there are quite high, but it might be worth the trade-off if you live a bicycling lifestyle. We have tentative plans to relocate there within the next 4-5 years.

  • bongobike says:

    I too would move there in a heartbeat if I had the dough! Home prices there are very high. I have visited several times and each time I have rented a bike and toured as much of the area as I could. It is an awsome place. The farmer’s market at the park on Wednesdays is a real treat.

  • steve says:

    It would be interesting to see what the obesity rate in Davis is vs other towns with similar demographics

    http://www.6footsix.com/my_weblog/2009/03/walk-and-bike-your-walk-to-a-healthier-body.html

  • Christa says:

    I lived in Davis for five years during college. I’m a bikeaholic now. :)

    I’m grew up in Southern California where car-culture is dominant so my return to SoCal was difficult and shocking. Nonetheless, I still cycle and promote cycling in SoCal. Can’t wait to see more US cities become bike-friendly!

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