Cyclists in Fort Collins’ Tour de Fat. Photo by Alex Chiang on flickr.
The League of American Bicyclists publishes a ranking of the most bicycle-friendly cities in the country. For years the only 3 cities to attain the highest score of platinum were Boulder, Portland, OR, and Davis, CA. But earlier this month they added a 4th to the list: Fort Collins.
The league awards scores of platinum, gold, silver, and bronze. To score highly, a city needs not only great bike infrastructure, but also great events, great recreational trails, educational opportunities, advertising, the whole package. Colorado cities typically excel in the latter categories especially.
Until now, no state had more than 1 platinum level city. Colorado is the first. According to the complete list of award winners, Colorado also has the most gold level cities, with 4.
Here are the local awardees: