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Across the U.S., bicycling is on the rise – thanks in part to communities like Boulder taking steps to make riding easy, accessible and safe. Today, the League of American Bicyclists (LoAB) announced the latest round of Bicycle Friendly Communities (BFC) and renewed Boulder’s standing as a Platinum Bicycle Friendly Community. The Platinum award recognizes Boulder’s continued commitment to improving conditions for bicycling through investments in education, infrastructure, policies and promotion.
“We are excited that Boulder recognizes that simple steps to make biking safe and comfortable pay huge dividends in civic, community and economic development,” said League President Andy Clarke. “Bicycling is more than a practical, cost-effective solution to many community challenges – it’s a way to make Boulder a place where people don’t just live and work, but thrive.”
The BFC program is revolutionizing the way communities evaluate quality of life, sustainability and transportation networks by allowing them to measure their progress toward improving bicycle-friendliness. The free program provides a roadmap for building a Bicycle Friendly Community and the application process itself has become a rigorous educational tool.
In September, the league announced the “Diamond” level designation to raise the bar for communities like Boulder to move beyond Platinum. The LoAB will visit Boulder in December to conduct an audit and work with the local cycling community on creating clear goals to achieve Diamond status. The primary measure of Diamond designation is the number of people riding and community satisfaction. The five levels of the award – diamond, platinum, gold, silver and bronze – provide a clear incentive for communities to continuously improve.
“Boulder’s Platinum designation renewal recognizes many years of sustained effort by the community, city staff and local policy makers,” said Director of Public Works for Transportation Tracy Winfree. “It is a great accomplishment and celebrates the community’s commitment to bicycle friendliness. Given the City of Boulder’s ethic of ‘continuous improvement,’ we appreciate the league’s challenge for communities like Boulder to reach beyond Platinum to the new Diamond designation.”
Since the BFC program’s inception, more than 500 communities have applied and there are now 242 Bicycle Friendly Communities in 47 states across America. To learn more about the Bicycle Friendly Communities, visit www.bikeleague.org/community.
The Yawpers release this nice piece of work which celebrates assalt weapons, semi auto handguns, stealing money and alcohol from the homeless in some sort of twisted roller skating captain America hippie led zeplin nightmare. And the music vid has fat chicks. If you are a love-peace-neocom-newaged-sm techie, do not watch this!
Boulder “Tree City USA” for 27th consecutive year; offers Arbor Day activities
Boulder has been named “Tree City USA” for the 27th consecutive year by the National Arbor Day Foundation, in honor of the city’s commitment to community forestry.
The city’s Parks and Recreation Department Urban Forestry unit celebrates the Arbor Day season with a children’s art exhibit and tree plantings, planned for April 11 through April 30.
In cooperation with the city’s Urban Forestry unit and Water Conservation office, the Center for Resource Conservation is offering a “Trees Across Boulder” online tree sale. Residents can learn more and order a tree at www.conservationcenter.org.
Activity schedule/photo opportunities:
Monday, April 11 through Friday, April 22
Children’s artwork celebrating Arbor Day will be on display in the Children’s Library at the Main Boulder Public Library, 1001 Arapahoe Ave. The artwork was created by fourth and fifth grade students from Jessica Bernstein’s class at High Peaks Elementary School. Library hours are 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday; and noon to 6 p.m. on Sunday.
Monday, April 11 through Friday, May 20
Parks and Recreation will plant 520 trees into city parks, including 135 trees at East Boulder Community Park and 269 trees at Valmont City Park.
Monday, April 11 through Friday, May 20
· Parks and Recreation will plant more than 215 trees in street rights-of-way in both residential and commercial sites throughout the city.
Monday, April 11 through Friday, April 15
Parks and Recreation and Public Works Department-Transportation Division will plant more than 30 new trees along Broadway, between Pine Street and Iris Avenue. This is part of an in-fill street tree planting program and is follow-up work to the Broadway (Pine-Iris) Reconstruction Project.
Wednesday, April 13
9 to 10:30 a.m. – Students from the Boulder Community School of Integrated Studies and High Peaks Elementary School will be planting 12 trees in Aurora 7 Park (Aurora Avenue and 38th Street).
Monday, April 18 through Friday, April 22
· Parks and Recreation and Public Works Department-Transportation will be planting 83 trees in the Foothills Parkway center median between Baseline Road and Table Mesa. The City of Boulder received a $5,000 grant from The Mile Hi Million Program with the City of Denver to purchase the trees.
Thursday, April 21
9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. – Students from Alexander Dawson School will be planting 20 trees at Salberg Park (3045 19th Street) and Valmont Park (Valmont Avenue and Airport Road).
Saturday, April 30
10 a.m. to 1 p.m. – Volunteers from the Boulder Yamagata Sakura Project will be planting 30 Somai Yoshino cherry trees at Martin Park (36th Street and Eastman Ave.). The trees were donated by the Boulder Yamagata Sakura Project and will be planted along the Boulder Creek Path. The public is welcome.
For more information about these Arbor Day events, contact Shelly Ruspakka, Parks and Recreation, at 303-413-7214.
Each year on the third Monday of January, Boulder joins with the rest of the nation in celebrating the birth, life and dream of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. This year marks the 82th anniversary of Dr. King’s birth, and the celebration in Boulder this year will be bigger, better and more inclusive than ever before.
On Monday, Jan. 17, Boulder will honor Dr. King with a day of dialogue, tribute and celebration of his life, struggles and dreams. This day of activities, planned by community organizations, the City of Boulder and University of Colorado at Boulder will serve as an opportunity to not only reflect on Dr. King’s life and work, but to commit ourselves to helping make our world and our community a better place.
The day’s festivities, scheduled from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Boulder High School, 1604 ArapahoeAve., include a rally and march, a Human Rights Fair and children’s activities, a presentation by Boulder ADAPT disability rights leaders, Sudanese singers, Glenda Robinson & The African American Heritage Voices of the Second Baptist Community Church and a keynote presentation by Jonny5 of the Flobots. Free parking will be available on the street and in the Boulder High School parking lot.
The event is brought to the Boulder community by: the Boulder MLK Planning Committee: the City of Boulder Human Relations Commission, the Youth Opportunities Program/Youth Opportunities Advisory Board (YOAB), the Office of Human Rights & Community Relations and the Boulder Public Library; the University of Colorado at Boulder, Center for Multicultural Affairs; the Boulder Valley School District, Boulder High School; the Anti-Defamation League (ADL); Boulder ADAPT; Boulder Community United; the I Have A Dream Foundation; the New Horizons Cooperative Preschool; the Rocky Mountain Peace and Justice Center; the Safehouse Progressive Alliance for Non-Violence SPAN, and the Watershed School.
For more information contact Carmen Atilano, City of Boulder, Department of Housing & Human Services, Office of Human Rights & Community Relations at 303-441-3141.