Here's a link to the pdf list. It includes platinum-rated, gold, silver and bronze communities as of May 2010. It is noteworthy for its inclusion of smaller communities, sometimes ridiculous choices in this blogger's view.
Should Stanford be listed as distinct from Palo Alto? Should the Presidio be listed separately from San Francisco?
After living in a southwestern city, Tamar and I are wary of the southern half of the US. We think of it as cycling-hostile "car country." So I counted the LAB-listed communities in that part of the nation. If Arlington, VA is in the lower half, and if we agree that Austin is a worthy inclusion and reluctantly agree that Tucson (bicycle-unfriendly in our opinions) is a worthy one, how many others are there? Is Columbia, MO, a southern city?
The weather's better in the south perhaps, but the car-culture climate sucks.
And we are amazed that Denver is missing from a spot somewhere high on the list. This place isn't cycling paradise, but it belongs up there. Its exclusion causes us to look at the entire project with skepticism.
Something's being sold here, m'friends.
Since communities realized they could attract fresh, talented young workers to their areas by advertising local bicycle-friendliness, these awards have become important to local Chambers of Commerce, meaning folks with money who could care less about riding a damn bike.
Another glass of wine with your dinner, Mr. Bicycle-Friendliness Judge, your honor?
If I'm wrong here, I'm sorry. If I'm right, we're being sold out wholesale by folks who claim to be our buddies. I'd rather be wrong....