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Fergus has a great start for bikers [UPDATED]

Published 4:02am Monday, November 4, 2013 Updated 6:14am Monday, November 4, 2013

Fergus Falls recently was denied a designation as a Bicycle Friendly Community by the League of American Bicylists.

That doesn’t mean that Fergus Falls should give up.

With more than 40 recommendations provided by the league, city officials and community leaders have plenty to work on to give Fergus Falls a designation that places such as Portland, Ore., Minneapolis and Boulder, Colo., enjoy.

Fergus Falls already has a great start by installing new bike racks around town, building bike paths along the new Tower Road bridge and along County Road 1, maintaining the Central Lakes Trail, and encouraging participation in Bike or Walk to Work or School Week.

The league’s recommendations range from relatively inexpensive — such as teaming up with a local bicycle shop or group to offer bike maintenance workshops — to expensive — essentially dedicating funding to creating bicycle lanes on city streets and highways.

The benefits to gaining a bicycle-friendly destination are numerous.

If Fergus Falls becomes a destination for bicyclists, local businesses could see an increase in tourist business.

If Fergus Falls is seen by bicyclists as a desirable place to relocate, the long-term economic benefits could be huge.

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