The Town of Carrboro recently submitted an application to the League of American Cyclists’ Bicycle Friendly Communities program — and it’s going for gold.
Town officials, such as Board of Aldermen member Damon Seils, knew when the town received a silver-level designation in 2010 that they wanted to continue working on their bicycle programming and facilities.
“Achieving gold status should really be a reflection of the work that we’ve done to make cycling a better option for people in Carrboro, but of course having that gold status is also a good way of just telling the world what a good job we’re doing,” Seils said.
The League of American Cyclists evaluates applicants using a number of criteria, including the 5 E’s (engineering, education, encouragement, enforcement and evaluation and planning) and census cycling data. Some of this data is collected via a survey, which is open to community members.
In the league’s most recent evaluation, Carrboro received an average score of 3.4 out of a possible 10 points in the 5 E’s. Some recommendations listed in the evaluation included improving bicycle infrastructure, establishing a formal communication channel between the Carrboro Police Department and the cycling community and expanding cycling education programs.