The League of American Bicyclists announced its rankings of Bike Friendly cities today, and Boston jumped right in for the first time, skipping Bronze entirely on its way to a "Silver" designation.
Interestingly Somerville is listed as being a first time "Bronze" recipient, but Cambridge is nowhere on the list. What's up with that? I wonder if there's a population cutoff that keeps Cambridge from counting as a "city" vs a "town". I know that you also have to apply for the designation, I wonder if they just didn't bother.
On one hand it's a bit of an empty certification- Cambridge without a certification is still a better place to bike than Boston (IMHO), but I think that it helps build political support when Nichole Freedman can say to council members, et al- "with your support we've achieved this national recognition- let's see if we can go for Gold next year! " We see that a lot with LEED certification- it doesn't really "mean" anything, but businesses want it, even though they could do the same environmental upgrade without the certificate.
I think it's all for the good when we celebrate the implementation of better policies, but the better policies and their translation into more riders are the real reward.