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Longmont, CO | Silver Level
Recent bicycling investment: Longmont recently invested in 3 arterial bike/pedestrian underpasses (over $6 million investment) and a final trail connection to the LOBO Trail system, a soft surface trail connecting Longmont and Boulder, featuring concrete trailhead parking and restrooms. Other investments were the design of a new 14-mile citywide loop and a 2-mile downtown loop, installation of an Art in Public Places custom bicycle rack at the City's outdoor pool facility, the Longmont Museum's bicycle exhibit 100 Years of Gears, which attracted 3,000 people, publication of the Longmont Bicycle Map, (winner of ESRI's Bike Map Award for "Best Cartographic Design" single map design), and, signed bike route design.
Bicycling highlights: Longmont has a growing culture of cycling as an integrated identity of the community. From growing infrastructure, to events, to education opportunities - Longmont has transformed the perception of it as a noncycling community, far removed and behind Boulder and Fort Collins, to an active community in which cycling plays an integral part. Many residents now routinely refer to the city as "Bikemont."
Percentage of arterial streets with dedicated bicycle facilities: 26%
Bicycling education in 94% elementary schools and 34% middle schools
Signature cycling events: Venus de Miles; G'Knight Ride; Longmont Bike Night; weekly cruiser rides; Twin Peaks; Longmont Criterium; Vic's Prospect Criterium; MS 150 Tour de Cure; Longmont Triathlon; Longmont Kids Triathlon; Bikeswap Longmont; Tour de Farm
Some coming bicycling improvements: Improvements at Union Reservoir will include a looped trail around the reservoir for bikes and pedestrians. Development of the Spring Gulch #2 Greenway includes a bike/pedestrian underpass at County Line Road and State Hwy. 119 with valuable connections to the St. Vrain Greenway, Union Reservoir and east Longmont. Longmont will also pilot a City bike share program, coordinate the start-up of a nonprofit bike co-op, expand the Safe Routes to School Program, conduct a bicycle economic impact study, expand trail access to bicycles, increase the number of bike racks by 10%, expand the number of bike lanes by 5%, add 2 new bike trail underpasses to two major arterial streets, complete missing links to primary and secondary greenway connections, and complete bike route signage.
Bicycle Friendly Community
Level Awarded: Silver
Awarded: May 2004
Square Miles: 21.8
Contact: Len Marques
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