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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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becoming a bicycle friendly community bfc

Becoming a Bicycle Friendly Community“BFC”

City Council Meeting

January 21, 2014

Bettendorf, IA 52722

what is a bicycle friendly community
What is a Bicycle Friendly Community?

A Bicycle Friendly Community welcomes cyclists by providing safe accommodation for cycling and encouraging people to bike for transportation and recreation.

what a great time to be promoting bicycling
What a Great Time to bePromoting Bicycling…

Health

Economics

Quality of life

Freedom

Environment

overall goals
Overall Goals

Make the choice to bike more inviting

Better serve those who bike by necessity

about the league of american bicyclists
About the League of American Bicyclists
  • Founded as League of American Wheelman in 1880 to
    • Improve riding conditions
    • Advocate for paved roads -
    • Called the “Good Roads Movement”

“To promote bicycling for fun, fitness and transportation and work through advocacy and education for a bicycle-friendly America.”

league of american bicyclists key programs
League of American Bicyclists Key Programs
  • Bicycle Friendly America
    • provides incentives, hands-on assistance, and award recognition for communities that actively support bicycling
bicycle friendly community program
Bicycle Friendly Community Program
  • National recognition for communities that actively support bicycling
  • 5 award levels
    • Diamond
    • Platinum
    • Gold
    • Silver
    • Bronze
    • Honorable Mention
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Bicycle Friendly Community Program

Each year, the League assesses all 50 states. Communities, businesses, and universities are assessed through a voluntary application process. Award status lasts four years.

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Bicycle Friendly Community Program
  • Over 600+ communities have applied
  • Currently 292 BFCs in 48 states + Wash, D.C
    • 4 Platinum, 18 Gold, 57 Silver, 212 Bronze
  • 5 BFCs in Iowa
    • Iowa City, Des Moines, Cedar Rapids, Cedar Falls, University Heights
  • Smallest BFC
    • Jekyll Island, GA, Bronze (population 877)
  • Largest BFC
    • New York, NY, Silver (population 8.1M)
bfc benefits
BFC Benefits
  • Economics
  • Bicycling industry contributes an estimated $133B a year to U.S. economy
  • Supports nearly 1.1M jobs
  • Generates $17.7B in federal, state & local taxes
  • Another $46.9 billion is spent on meals, transportation, lodging, gifts and entertainment during bike trips and tours
  • Economic Benefits of Bicycle Infrastructure Investments, League of American Bicyclists, Darren Flusche, June 2009
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BFC Benefits

Economics

bfc benefits2
BFC Benefits
  • Health
  • Improves heart health
  • Burns calories = lowers weight
  • Reduces stress
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BFC Benefits
  • Quality of Life
  • Fun, vibrant and livable neighborhoods
  • Interaction between neighborhoods and citizens
  • Sense of identity and place
bfc benefits4
BFC Benefits
  • Environment
  • Pollution free
  • Reduces greenhouse gases
  • Reduces demand for fuel

Image from the City of Munster, Germany Planning Office

bfc best places
BFC “Best Places”

Forbes Best Places to Retire 2013

14 of 25 are BFCs

  • Alexandria, LA
  • Ames, IA
  • Asheville, NC
  • Athens, GA
  • Austin, TX
  • Bangor, MN
  • Baton Route, LA
  • Billings, MT
  • Charlotte, NC
  • Clearwater, FL
  • College Station, TX
  • Columbia, MO
  • Fargo, ND
  • Gainesville, FL
  • Huntsville, AL
  • Jacksonville, FL
  • Lexington, KY
  • Little Rock, AR
  • Medford, OR
  • Mesa, AZ
  • Orlando, FL
  • Prescott, AZ
  • San Antonio, TX
  • Tucson, AZ
  • Winston-Salem, NC
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BFC “Best Places”

Businessweek Best Places to Live 2012

9 of 10 are BFCs

  • San Francisco, CA
  • Seattle, WA
  • Washington, DC
  • Boston, MA
  • Portland, OR
  • Denver, CO
  • New York, NY
  • Austin, TX
  • San Diego, CA
  • St. Paul, MN
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BFC “Best Places”

Forbes Healthiest Cities

16 of 20 are BFCs

  • San Jose, CA
  • Richmond, VA
  • San Diego, CA
  • Cincinnati, O
  • Salt Lake City, UT
  • Austin, TX
  • Pittsburgh, PA
  • Atlanta, GA
  • Providence, RI
  • Baltimore, MD
  • Minneapolis, MN
  • Washington, DC
  • Boston, MA
  • Portland, OR
  • Denver, CO
  • San Francisco, CA
  • Hartford, CT
  • Seattle, WA
  • Virginia Beach, VA
  • Sacramento, CA
application
Application
  • Online
    • http://apply.bikeleague.org/member.php?act=register&categoryId=34
    • 89+ questions
  • 2 deadlines per year
    • February & July
    • Next application deadline is Feb 19, 2014 to be considered for a May 2014 designation
  • Anyone can complete, but community’s governing body must approve final submission
  • No application or renewal fee
community profile
Community Profile
  • Bicycle Advisory Committee?
    • When does it meet
    • How many members
    • What groups represented
  • Bicycle advocacy groups
  • Why has your community invested in bicycling?
    • Quality of life
    • Health
    • Climate change
  • Transportation options
  • Public demand
  • Economic development
application criteria
Application Criteria
  • Engineering
  • Education
  • Encouragement
  • Enforcement
  • Evaluation & Planning
application review
Application Review
  • League staff
  • Panel of national bike experts
  • Local cyclists
  • Every applicant will receive detailed feedback on how to improve the community for cycling within four months after the submission deadline
how to get started
How to Get Started?
  • Put together a team
    • Public Works
    • Planning
    • Police
    • Transit district
    • Park district
    • MPO
    • Advocacy groups
    • Government official
next steps to bfc
Next Steps to BFC

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

bike plan products and process

Bike Plan -Products and Process

Builds on regional plan --- specific local action items and implementation details

bike plan products

Bike Plan - Products

- Bike network (off-road and on-road)

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Bike Plan - Process

- IMPLEMENTATION!

- Name a staff person in charge of this

- Start with “low-hanging fruit” to build support

- Be opportunistic; strategize retrofit funding

bicycling is a solution
Bicycling is a Solution…

…Not a problem

Can help solve many local issues

questions
Questions?

Prepared by -

Donnie Miller

Bicycle Planning and Safety Consultant

bcycleracr@mchsi.com

(309) 737-8270