Bike Henderson E-Newsletter December 2015
Henderson Named State’s First Silver Bicycle Friendly Community
The city was recently named a Bicycle Friendly Community (BFC) at the silver award level by the League of American Bicyclists, becoming the first city in Nevada to receive this recognition.
“It is an honor to receive the only silver Bicycle Friendly Community award in the Silver State,” said Mayor Andy Hafen. “We have made significant improvements to our bicycling amenities since our bronze designation in 2014. Winning the silver Bicycle Friendly Community award proves that we are not only committed to the growth of the cycling culture, but also dedicated to enhancing the quality of life for our residents.”
According to the League of American Bicyclists, the BFC program is a roadmap to building a bicycle friendly community. It is revolutionizing the way communities evaluate their quality of life, sustainability and transportation networks, while allowing them to benchmark their progress toward improving their bicycle friendliness. With the announcement, Henderson joins a leading group of 371 BFCs that are transforming the nation’s neighborhoods.
“We applaud these communities for making bicycling a safe and convenient option for transportation and recreation,” said Bill Nesper, Vice President of Programs at the League of American Bicyclists. “We are encouraged by the growing number of leaders who see bicycling as a way to build more vibrant, healthy, sustainable and connected communities and be a part of the solution to many complex challenges faced at both the community and national levels. We look forward to continuing to work with these communities as we move closer to our mission of creating a Bicycle Friendly America for everyone.”
Henderson’s successful application came as a result its commitment to improving conditions for bicycling through investment in bicycling promotion, education programs, infrastructure and pro-bicycling policies. Some of the bicycling enhancements include the installation of buffered bike lanes and green bike lane striping throughout the community; the launch of a 3-foot law public service announcement with help of other local jurisdictions and organizations, law enforcement and safety advocates; the grand opening of the Whitney Mesa BMX Track; and the continued success of established events like the Ciclovia-inspired Henderson Stroll ‘n Roll and Ironman 70.3 Silverman triathlon.
For more information on biking amenities, events and programs in Henderson, visit BikeHenderson.org. To learn more about the free BFC program, visit bikeleague.org.
Stay Focused. Stay Alert.
Safe bicycling is more than making sure your bike is in working order and putting on a helmet. Bicyclists must be prepared for any issue on the roadways, so stay focused during your ride.
Never wear headphones during your ride. They hinder your ability to hear traffic.
Always look for obstacles in your path: potholes, cracks, expansion joints, wet leaves, drainage grates or anything that could make you fall. Before going around any object, scan ahead and behind you for a gap in traffic, signal your intentions to move, and then follow through with your intentions.
Be aware of the traffic around you – ride defensively.
Use extra care when riding in wet weather. Slow your speed and allow extra time and space to stop.
The city of Henderson is committed to making sure everyone has a safe place to ride. We need everyone to do their part whether you are in a car, on foot or on a bike.
Information in this article came from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NTSBA).