The way the current mayor of Salisbury, Jake Day, tells it, the small city’s move to qualify as a “Bike Friendly” community by the League of American Bicyclists (LAB) was a total no-brainer.
While reviewing the city’s master plan for transportation, Jake, and other Salisbury leaders realized that with only minor changes to their street and sidewalk goals, they could qualify under LAB guidelines of being “Bike Friendly”at the “bronze” level by simply applying for it. They agreed to do that quickly, and last year, the city of Salisbury was the only town on the Eastern Shore to join a handful of towns and cities in Maryland to earn this special badge of distinction.
It is fair to ask, what, if anything, a town gains by going through this exercise. And Mayor Day has some interesting and hopefully encouraging words for other communities looking into this kind of strategy. In his Spy interview, Jake outlines the history and benefits of being bike friendly for pennies on the dollar.
This video is approximately four minutes in length. For more information about the League of American Bicyclists program, please go here.