Advertise on Bikeforums.net



User Tag List

Results 1 to 9 of 9
  1. #1
    Unobtanium-Based Lifeform calamarichris's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2007
    Location
    Carlsbad, CA
    My Bikes
    '09 Felt F55, '84 Masi Cran Criterium, (2)'86 Schwinn Pelotons, '86 Look Equippe Hinault, '09 Globe Live 3 (dogtaxi)
    Posts
    5,096
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)

    "A Bicycle Friendly Community" Signs?

    I'm noticing more of these signs in different towns, but I'd like to understand what these cities' incentive(s) are for proclaiming themselves "bicycle friendly". It's not like we bicyclists are a large enough segment to bring a lot of business. Do they get some kind of money from the state for taking such measures?

    Here in Oceanside, CA, we have the great San Luis Rey bike path, and they've recently started putting up these signs, and painting little cyclist-silhouettes on the road to denote that the road is to be shared. A few years ago, Oceanside was a town I used to dread passing through.

    Any insight or ideas on this?


  2. #2
    Heretic Caretaker's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2010
    Location
    Dublin, Ireland
    My Bikes
    Specialized Sirrus, Giant OCR3, Giant CRS3
    Posts
    1,127
    Mentioned
    3 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Seems to be something run by the 'League of American Bicyclists' (try saying that fast) to encourage communities to be more cycle friendly.

    http://www.bikeleague.org/programs/b.../bfc_about.php


    What's in it for them? Well I suppose it marks them out from the 'bicycle un-friendly communities'.
    History is the future

  3. #3
    Insane Bicycle Mechanic Jeff Wills's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2008
    Location
    other Vancouver
    Posts
    6,429
    Mentioned
    1 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by Caretaker View Post
    What's in it for them? Well I suppose it marks them out from the 'bicycle un-friendly communities'.
    I suppose they get this sign:
    Jeff Wills

    All my bikes.

  4. #4
    Unobtanium-Based Lifeform calamarichris's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2007
    Location
    Carlsbad, CA
    My Bikes
    '09 Felt F55, '84 Masi Cran Criterium, (2)'86 Schwinn Pelotons, '86 Look Equippe Hinault, '09 Globe Live 3 (dogtaxi)
    Posts
    5,096
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Portland is Native-American for "bike friendly." That town rules so hard I could cr@p in my pants and not even care.

  5. #5
    Senior Member shouldberiding's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2008
    Location
    Madison, WI
    My Bikes
    '08 Trek 7.3FX
    Posts
    812
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    We have them here too.

  6. #6
    I'm Carbon Curious 531phile's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2005
    Location
    Earthquake Central
    My Bikes
    Enough
    Posts
    2,196
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by calamarichris View Post
    I'm noticing more of these signs in different towns, but I'd like to understand what these cities' incentive(s) are for proclaiming themselves "bicycle friendly". It's not like we bicyclists are a large enough segment to bring a lot of business. Do they get some kind of money from the state for taking such measures?

    Here in Oceanside, CA, we have the great San Luis Rey bike path, and they've recently started putting up these signs, and painting little cyclist-silhouettes on the road to denote that the road is to be shared. A few years ago, Oceanside was a town I used to dread passing through.

    Any insight or ideas on this?

    So what happens in 2013? Are they implying the world will end in 2012 like the Mayans say?

    Quote Originally Posted by avner View Post
    I loled. Twice. Then I cried. Then I rubbed one out and cried again, but thanks for sharing.

  7. #7
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Jan 2006
    Location
    NE IL
    My Bikes
    Surly Long Haul Trucker, Giant Cypress DX
    Posts
    637
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by 531phile View Post
    So what happens in 2013? Are they implying the world will end in 2012 like the Mayans say?
    The Bicycle Friendly City designation is awarded for a period of 4 years. The city has to reapply and the designation may be upgraded or downgraded. More info is at the League of American Bicyclists site

  8. #8
    surfrider
    Guest
    Two reasons I can think of:

    1. Infrastructure that's conducive to riding bicycles - on and off street bike paths, traffic lights with bike-accessable push buttons for 'walk' signs, maybe sensors in the roads to trigger traffic lights, mandatory bicycle parking requirements for new construction (commercial/residential), etc.

    2. Marketing B.S. - Since Carlsbad is a coastal community dependent on tourist revenue, might as well take advantage of the designation for all its worth. Never hurts to promote that casual, easy-going, beachy lifestyle, including riding a bicycle (cruiser or other type) along the beach. Flaunt it f you've got it . . .

  9. #9
    Senior Member Carley P.'s Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2009
    Location
    Louisville, Ky
    My Bikes
    2013 Niner EMD (29er), 2012 Motobecane New Fantom Cross (Cyclocross), Vintage Schwinn Voyegeur set up in city mode w/ wald basket (Commuting), and a nashbar road frame w/ Shimano 600 components (wife's bike).
    Posts
    116
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    I'm sure it probably does increase business, even if it doesn't do it drastically. I know I won't move to another city if it's not bike-friendly, and I usually see how bike-friendly a city is before I visit it.

    Also, it's probably used for the residents of the city. If city-resident sees a sign that says the city is bike friendly, they're more likely to ride their bike more because they know the city isn't bike-hostile. It creates a healthier city, which is good for the people and the government. (If you live to be a year older, you live to pay another year's worth of taxes.)

    Thirdly, it could be intended for city citizens who aren't individually friendly towards cyclists. If I'm some redneck in a big truck, I'd be less likely to honk and yell at a cyclists if there was a sign next to that cyclist saying that he's in a safe environment.

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •