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The first city (2005) to receive the League of American Bicyclists Bicycle Friendly Communities Award at the Platinum level, Davis has become a national model for the integration of bicycling into the infrastructure of the community. In the 1960s, citizens lobbied for lanes to make bike travel safer. Ever since 1967, bike transportation in Davis has been oriented to bicycling with approximately 33 percent of residents using bikes as their primary mode of transportation.

As a result of this approach, Davis is credited with the following:

• A comprehensive system of bicycle routes
• Bikeway/street grade separations
• In the 1980s, greenways were added to the program
• Uniform design standards for bike lanes and paths
• Subdivision codes requiring bike facilities in new developments
• Adoption of Davis bikeway standards as state and federal standards
• A bike culture that was preserved and expanded

In 2010, the Davis Farmers’ Market is celebrating its 34th year. In 2009, it was voted as America’s Favorite Farmers’ market by more than 10 percent of national voters and was bestowed the award by the American Farmland Trust. The market has a permanent location and structure located in Central Park with hours on Wednesday afternoons and Saturday mornings.

Davis is known for its innovation in the fields of biotechnology, medicine and other life sciences. Two examples include: Marrone Bio Innovations, which discovers, develops and markets effective and environmentally responsible natural products that focus on unmet needs for weed, pest and plant disease management, and Schilling Robotics, a leading producer of high technology systems for subsea exploration and production.

Especially connected with the University of California, Davis, the community’s contributions to agriculture and animal husbandry are many.

As of 2008, more than 67 percent of the citizens of Davis possessed a college degree of a Bachelor of Arts or higher.

The community is known for its liberal politics and a unique political style that has evolved over time. Davis has a political tradition that combines progressive politics with a strong urge to preserve inherited small-town values.

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