Claremont presented with silver level award as bicycle friendly community

The league of American Bicyclists presented the silver level award to the city of Claremont as a bicycle friendly community.

The award was presented at the Nov. 27 city of Claremont regular City Council meeting.

Cycle Claremont’s Larry Scheetz presented the award.

In news release, Scheetz said the bicycle friendly community award is a “significant honor” and held by only 242 communities in the U.S. or less than 1 percent.

A silver level community, Scheetz said, is in the top 30 percent of the 242 communities.

The League of American Bicyclists was founded in 1880 to promote cycling and its benefits for the nation, individuals and communities, Scheetz said.

In 2003, Claremont was recognized as one of the first bicycle friendly communities, the first in Los Angeles County and 47th in the nation, Scheetz said.

Our bicycle friendliness is the result of a lot of community effort encouraged by the city council, coordinated by city staff and involving many organizations and individuals,” Scheetz said.

Some of the projects involving grants lately have included a bicycle priority zone, a bike station, bicycle racks in the downtown area, a safe routes to school program and more, Scheetz said.