What is a Bicycle Friendly America?
The League of American Bicyclists Bicycle Friendly American program provides a roadmap, hands-on assistance and recognition for states, communities, universities, and businesses. The BFA program is a tool for everyone to make bicycling a real transportation and recreation option for all people.
A Bicycle Friendly Community, Business, or University welcomes bicyclists by providing safe accommodations for bicycling and encouraging people to bike for transportation and recreation. A bicycle friendly place makes bicycling safe, comfortable, and convenient for people of all ages and abilities.
Bicycle Friendly Community
The Bicycle Friendly Communities designation is an awards program that recognizes municipalities that actively support bicycling. A Bicycle Friendly Community provides safe accommodation for people who bicycle and encourages more residents to bike for transportation and recreation.
Encouraging bicycling is a simple way towards improving the quality of life and public health. With more people bicycling, communities experience reduced traffic congestion, improved air quality and greater physical fitness. This often translates into increased property values, business growth and increased tourism along with talent attraction and retention.
How to Apply
There are two steps to apply for Bicycle Friendly Community status:
First, complete and submit Part 1 of the application. After a review of your general community profile, the League of American Bicyclists will inform you if you have met some of the basic criteria required.
Part 2 is a detailed audit of the engineering, education, encouragement, enforcement, equity, and evaluation efforts in your municipality. This comprehensive inquiry is designed to yield a holistic picture of your community’s work to promote bicycling. Technical assistance for completing Part 2 is available.
“You and other bicyclists in the community can bring this program, particularly the application, to your mayor or county council to initiate positive change in your neighborhood. Click here for more information.
A committee reviews and scores the application and consults with local cyclists in your community. An award of platinum, gold, silver or bronze status is designated for four years. The League and technical assistance staff will continue to work with recipients and those communities that do not yet meet the criteria to encourage continual improvements. See how Ohio and Dayton stacks up.
The League of American Bicyclists recognizes newly designated Bicycle Friendly Communities with an awards ceremony, a Bicycle Friendly Community road sign, and a formal press announcement.
Renewing the Designation
You will complete a simple renewal form to compliment your original application so that the League of American Bicyclists can continue to recognize your progress. Renewals are due every four years after a community is designated or receives their renewal notice. The League will also require a short annual update. Award levels may change based on the renewal feedback.
About the League
The League of American Bicyclists promotes bicycling for fun, fitness, and transportation and works through advocacy and education for a bicycle-friendly America. The League represents the interests of the nation’s 57 million cyclists. With a current membership of 300,000 affiliated cyclists, including 40,000 individuals and 600 affiliated organizations, the League works to bring better bicycling to your community. If you care about bicycling, become a League member today.
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