Las Vegas Sun

October 20, 2019

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Las Vegas’ cycling reputation takes a step up

You might not believe it this sizzling week, but Las Vegas is a good town for bicycles. Last month, the League of American Bicyclists—an almost 140-year-old organization devoted to creating “a bicycle-friendly America” through education and advocacy—raised Las Vegas to “silver” status on its list of bicycle-friendly communities.

According to a League statement, Vegas owes its improved standing to the Regional Transportation Commission’s implementation of a bikeshare program; to the bike services of the Bonneville Transit Center; to the recent “road diets” that have produced more bike lanes and calmed automobile traffic; and to the region’s Mobility Master Plan, which lists more than 180 fundable bike-friendly projects.

If you’re interested in finding out what that looks like, the RTC’s new Southern Nevada bike map—listing “more than 1,000 miles of bike lanes, paved paths and shared roadways”—is available in most bike shops. Grab one and get on your bike … in October, perhaps.