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The League of American Bicyclists has again awarded Corvallis gold-level bicycle friendly status.

Corvallis, which was joined at the gold level statewide by Ashland and Eugene, was first recognized as a bicycle-friendly community in 1999 and the city achieved the gold rating in 2003.

“As biking has become more and more popular, more and more communities are committed to creating safer places to bike," said Alex Doty, executive director of the League of American Bicyclists. "Winning a Bicycle Friendly Community designation shows a community's dedication to creating safer and better places to ride your bike."

The ratings are based upon a number of factors, including the level of bicycle ridership in a community, the number of arterial streets with bike lanes, the presence of a bicycle and pedestrian advisory board, promotional efforts and active bicycle education and enforcement programs.

“We are pleased to have the league reconfirm our position as a gold level bicycle-friendly community,” said Greg Wilson, the city’s transportation program specialist.

Key factors leading to the renewal, Wilson said, were “the partnerships and projects that the city has developed with organizations such the Corvallis Spring Roll, 509J’s Safe Route to School Program, the Sustainability Coalition’s Transportation Action Team, and the Corvallis Bicycle Collective, in conjunction with our extensive network of bike lanes.”

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