Manhattan, Kansas earned the bronze-level Bicycle Friendly Community award, joining Lawrence and Shawnee (both at bronze level as well) as bicycle-friendly communities in the state of Kansas, along with Leawood on the “Honorable Mention” list.
There have been so many great bicycling things happening in Manhattan recently, and to have the good news capped off with the Bicycle Friendly Community designation is quite exciting. Congratulations to the Little Apple!
Momentum has been building in Manhattan over the last few years, leading to this designation. Some of the great things happening in the area include:
- A new bike club, the Flint Hills Area Bike Club, which provides social rides, training rides, and bike event throughout the year.
- Bicycle racing teams, including Bad Goat Racing, the Kansas State University Cycling Team, and the Tallgrass Cycling Team.
- Two bike shops: Big Poppi Bicycle Co. and The Pathfinder
- A growing collection of trails, including Fancy Creek State Park, the Manhattan Linear Trail, and the Manhattan River Trails.
- Ongoing bike events, including Cycle CASA, the Dirty Little Secret mountain bike race, the Tallgrass Stage Race, the Wildcat Race Weekend, and the monthly Critical Mass Manhattan, as well as nearby events such as the Cabin Fever Challenge and Yellow Brick Road Ride out of Wamego, the Santa Fe Trail Spring Ride and Santa Fe Trail Bike Ride out of Alta Vista, the Gravel Ride for Maisie’s Pride in Eskridge, and the Pasta 58 Road & Gravel Ride out of Junction City.
- On the advocacy front, the Manhattan Bicycle Advisory Committee is working to make the city a better place to ride a bike, and BikeManhattan.info covers news and events in the city and surrounding area.
- Manhattan has proposed a Five-Year Strategic Plan for Bicycling.
- Manhattan Bike Week festivities were held two weeks ago, April 29th to May 5th, and featured a ride with Manhattan Mayor Pro Tem Loren Pepperd and other city commissioners, as well as a ribbon-cutting and dedication of the city’s first Bicycle Boulevard.
Elsewhere Around The Region
Manhattan is not the only community in the state or region to receive good news.
The bronze-level Bicycle Friendly Community designation for Lawrence, Kansas was renewed, as was the same award for Arvada CO. Colorado Springs CO stayed at silver, Durango CO moved up from silver to gold, and Longmont CO moved up from bronze to silver.
New to the list of Bicycle Friendly Communities are Aspen and Gunnison Colorado, both rated at silver, and Cedar Rapids IA, Lincoln NE, Summit City CO, and University Heights IA at bronze.
West Des Moines IA and Pueblo CO earned Honorable Mentions.
Read more from the League of American Bicyclists: Congratulations to New and Renewed Bicycle Friendly Communities! and see the full Spring 2012 list.