Spokane Valley best city for women cyclists | News
Spokane Valley was named the best city for women bicyclists by The League of American Bicyclists. The city was selected to top the list of eight communities because the majority of its higher than average bicycle commuter rate is comprised of women.
In the annual Where We Ride Report, TLAB looks at U.S. Census Bureau commuting data to determine where and how Americans are using bicycles to get around. The report looked at the top cities in each region according to the percentage of the population using bicycles to get to and from work.
In the Spokane Valley 1.1 percent of the population is commuting by bicycle which is almost twice the national average of .6 percent. The City won the distinction as the best city for women bicyclists because 67.5 percent of those commuters are women.
Spokane Valley Mayor Tom Towey said the recognition from TLAB reinforces the work being done by the City and community members on the Bike and Pedestrian Master Plan.
“This recognition is valuable to our city,” said Towey. “Especially as more and more of our population are interested in bicycling not for commuting but for its health and economic benefits too.”
Currently there are 76 miles of bike lanes and recommended bike friendly routes in Spokane Valley as well as nine miles of pedestrian/bicyclist shared use pathways.