Becoming a Bicycle Friendly Community “BFC”. City Council Meeting January 21, 2014 Bettendorf, IA 52722. What is a Bicycle Friendly Community?.
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City Council Meeting
January 21, 2014
Bettendorf, IA 52722
A Bicycle Friendly Community welcomes cyclists by providing safe accommodation for cycling and encouraging people to bike for transportation and recreation.
Quality of life
Make the choice to bike more inviting
Better serve those who bike by necessity
“To promote bicycling for fun, fitness and transportation and work through advocacy and education for a bicycle-friendly America.”
Each year, the League assesses all 50 states. Communities, businesses, and universities are assessed through a voluntary application process. Award status lasts four years.
Image from the City of Munster, Germany Planning Office
Forbes Best Places to Retire 2013
14 of 25 are BFCs
Businessweek Best Places to Live 2012
9 of 10 are BFCs
Forbes Healthiest Cities
16 of 20 are BFCs
Establish an advisory committee
Create a part-time contracted Bike/Ped Coordinator position
Pursue bike friendly ordinance changes
Obtain endorsements from City Council and Park Board
Submit BFC Application by 2-19-14
Builds on regional plan --- specific local action items and implementation details
- Bike network (off-road and on-road)
- Name a staff person in charge of this
- Start with “low-hanging fruit” to build support
- Be opportunistic; strategize retrofit funding
…Not a problem
Can help solve many local issues
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Bicycle Planning and Safety Consultant