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Creating a bicycle friendly community. [Insert name, affiliation and date]. THE LEAGUE’S MISSION. The League promotes bicycling for fun, fitness, and transportation through advocacy and education to build a bicycle-friendly America. . PHOTO: ALLAN CRAWFORD.

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creating a bicycle friendly community
Creating a bicycle friendly community

[Insert name, affiliation and date]

the league s mission
THE LEAGUE’S MISSION

The League promotes bicycling for fun, fitness, and transportation through advocacy and education to build a bicycle-friendly America.

PHOTO: ALLAN CRAWFORD

providing a roadmap for a bicycle friendly america
Providing a Roadmap for a Bicycle Friendly America
  • Setting targets and options for any place
  • Benchmarking
  • Facilitates partnership between advocates & decision makers
  • Hands-on assistance from staff
  • Award designation and media promotion
where people want to live work and visit
Where people want to live, work, and visit
  • BFCs always on best places to live, work, study and retire lists. (6 in US News’ latest Top 10)
  • Mercer Int’l Quality of Life Ranking: 7 of 8 U.S. cities are BFCs
  • Businessweek’s Best Places to Ride out the Recession 17 of 20 are BFCs
what is the bfc program
What is the bfc program
  • Started in 1996 with the BFC program
  • Updated program in 2002
  • 5 Award levels: Diamond, Platinum, Gold, Silver and Bronze
  • Program recognizes communities for bicycle friendliness and provides roadmap and assistance to become better
application criteria
Application criteria
  • Engineering
  • Education
  • Encouragement
  • Enforcement
  • Evaluation & Planning

Online application

bikeleague.org/community

application review
Application review

600+ applications reviewed by:

  • League staff
  • external reviewers
  • local cyclists and advocates
  • 242+ BFCs in 47 states
benefits of applying
Benefits of applying

“We knew this recognition would be important to our civic and business leaders, and that the metrics set out in the League’s application would be important measures for us.”

- Allan Crawford, Bike Long Beach

Photo: Allan Crawford

get started
Get started

Go to: bikeleague.org/community

  • Use BFC Scorecard for self-assessment
  • Review the application and resources yourself to see how bicycle-friendly your community is today
  • Coordinate with your local bicycle advocacy group and contact staff for assistance