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.