Representatives of the League of American Bicyclists, a lobbying group of more than 30,000 bicyclists nationwide, said Carrboro received the honor because of the town's continued efforts to promote bicycling as a viable form of transportation, exercise and fun.
"Our purpose is to increase awareness and acceptance of bicycling," said Anthony Yoder, program manager at the League of American Bicyclists.
"The program serves as an avenue to recognize communities that do good work and to encourage communities to improve."
Carrboro Board of Alderman member Jacquelyn Gist said she thinks the distinction is well-deserved.
"I think that we make a conscious effort to be bike-friendly," Gist said. "We work really hard at having bike paths. We don't have nearly as many as we want yet, but we surely have them."
According to the league's Web site, for a town to be named a bicycle-friendly community, it must have streets that are safe for bicycles, a government staff member who is responsible for bicycle coordination and a citizens advisory committee.
Alderman Joal Broun said she feels that Carrboro has made a lot of effort to promote bicycles.
"We have bike lanes. We have bike trails all over Carrboro, and we just emphasize biking and walking," Broun said. "We emphasize the construction of bike lanes on our connector roads and on our streets."
Alderman Diana McDuffee said Carrboro has implemented regulations to ensure the inclusion of bike lanes for certain streets.