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Home > Leadership > Mayor > Archived Press Releases > 2015 Archives > August 2015 > Bicycle Friendly City Ranking

Bicycle Friendly City Ranking

Mayor Brown, GObike Buffalo Host National and Statewide Experts to enhance Bicycle Friendly City Ranking

August 18, 2015 – Mayor Byron Brown, the City of Buffalo and GObike today hosted representatives from across New York State and the National League of American Bicyclists. The purpose of the gathering was to discuss the steps Buffalo has taken to become a bicycle friendly community.

“As Buffalo continues to transform, with over $5 billion in new economic development activity underway, we continue to invest in lifestyle amenities, like bicycling,” said Mayor Brown, noting that the recently completed Bicycle Master Plan establishes a network of 300 miles of safe facilities. “As Buffalo continues to see the growth in cycling and its positive impact upon our local economy, health and environment, it is important for our city to continue to develop and invest in these quality of life amenities.”

"We are excited to partner with leaders in the City of Buffalo to gauge the quality of the biking program, see infrastructure in person, and engage with local leaders,” said Bill Nesper, the League’s Vice President of Programs. “And at the end of our trip, we’ll offer an action list to help advance Buffalo’s ranking as a Bicycle Friendly Community."

The League of American Bicyclists’ Bicycle Friendly Community program has been a hugely successful tool for communities -- of all shapes and sizes -- to make improvements to get more people riding bikes. The program provides a roadmap to improve conditions for bicycling and the guidance to make our vision for a better, bikeable community a reality. Due to recent efforts, the City of Buffalo is currently ranked as a Bronze level community and is placed 14th out of the 70 largest cities in the country for bike commuting seeing a 270% increase since 2000 according to the US Census. The numbers speak for themselves: across the country, the percentage of people commuting by bike nearly tripled in cities that have received the Bicycle Friendly Community designation.

Attendees for the daylong activities included representatives from as nearby as Kenmore as well as Rochester, Albany and other upstate communities. After a presentation highlighting Buffalo’s successes, a bicycle tour around the city guided by the city’s traffic engineer provided hands-on learning experiences for attendees.

“Our goal is to make Buffalo the best bicycling city in the country and through the tremendous support from the community, the city and businesses this will be achieved,” stated Justin Booth, Executive Director of GObike Buffalo. “As we make bicycling a safe, accessible and convenient option our Buffalo will become a better place to live, work and play.” 

To reach the goals established in the new Bicycle Master Plan, GObike is launching the GOsilver campaign to achieve the Platinum level Bicycle Friendly Community Award by 2025. Visit our website to learn more and see how you can get involved.