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Sedona Promotes Sustainability as a Bicycle Friendly Community

mountain biking sedona arizonaMountain biking is a popular activity in Sedona, Arizona due to its extensive system of bike-friendly roads and trails. Here, cyclists enjoy biking along Bell Rock pathway in the Village of Oak Creek.

Sedona, AZ: Sedona has long been known as a great destination for mountain biking and serves up a diverse menu of mountain biking trails for locals and visitors alike. However, a few years ago, the community received a prestigious designation as a bicycle friendly community.

In May 2011, the League of American Bicyclists, headquartered in Washington, DC, announced that Sedona had been awarded the Bronze Level Bicycle Friendly Community designation. Since that time, additional improvements have been made to the system. Signs have been posted at entrances to the City of Sedona to let residents and tourists know about this designation. At the time the designation was awarded, Sedona was one of only 179 cities across the United States that had received this recognition.

The project started when Mayor Rob Adams addressed the annual meeting of the Verde Valley Cyclists in May of 2010. Mayor Adams challenged the club to work toward becoming a Bicycle Friendly Community as part of his vision for Sedona to become a sustainable community.

David Singer, who at the time served as the volunteer City Sedona Bicycle Coordinator, completed an application for the designation early in 2011. The application required providing information regarding over 200 criteria in five categories referred to as the Five E’s (Engineering, Enforcement, Evaluation and Planning, Education, and Encouragement).

In the future, the City hopes to rise to the Silver and Gold levels as it becomes even more bicycle friendly. Improvements continue to be made to the bicycle system, including bicycle routes, bicycle paths, and signage. Learn more about Bicycle Friendly Communities by visiting www.bikeleague.org.

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