A cyclist rides along the bike lane on State Street, Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2019 in West Lafayette. (Photo: Nikos Frazier | Journal & Courier)
A cyclist rides along the bike lane on State Street, Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2019 in West Lafayette. (Photo: Nikos Frazier | Journal & Courier)
WEST LAFAYETTE – West Lafayette late last week was named Indiana’s 12th Bicycle Friendly Community, a designation the city officials contend reflects the effort put into building trails and updating laws aimed at making cycling safer.

“We’ve been working pretty hard on this to show the world that we value people who bike,” Marcus Smith, West Lafayette’s assistant engineer, said.

“The kind of person we’re trying to bring to West Lafayette is most likely going to be looking to get outside, biking and being active,” Smith said. “This shows we’re thinking along those lines.”

Smith said this week that the city was still waiting for a full report card from the League of American Bicyclists, a national organization that considers Bicycle Friendly Community nominations and grades cities, businesses and university on their efforts.

Last week, West Lafayette earned a bronze status, the entry level into the program.

In Indiana, 12 communities, 50 businesses and two state universities, including Purdue University, are on the list. People’s Brewing Co., 2006 N. Ninth St. in Lafayette, is among Indiana’s Bicycle Friendly Businesses.

Among the criteria used to judge a Bicycle Friendly Community: total bicycle network mileage compared to total road mileage, with an average bronze community with a ratio of one mile of one mile of bike network for every four miles of road network; bicycle education in schools; the share of a community’s transportation budget, with an average bronze community reporting 9 percent of its transportation budget invested in bicycle projects; bike to school and bike to work efforts; the presence of active bicycle advocacy groups; and bicycle-friendly ordinances.
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