Washington, DC, May 12, 2017 — Yesterday, the League of American Bicyclists recognized 37 communities with Bicycle Friendly Community (BFC) awards out of 50 applicants. This round saw six communities move up from an Honorable Mention to Bronze, nine communities receive a Bronze award on their first application, and 22 communities renewing as BFCs, including five that moved from a Bronze to a Silver award.
Spring 2017 BFC Awardees | List of All BFCs
These 37 communities join a group of communities, in all 50 states, that are transforming their neighborhoods. There are now 416 communities currently recognized with a BFC award for their efforts to make biking better.
This round was an amazing mix of communities, from leading communities such as Fort Collins, CO, which received a Platinum award, to communities being transformed by investments in biking such as Carrollton, GA, and communities returning to the BFC program, such as Miami Beach, FL, which re-applied after first being recognized 14 years ago. We are proud to announce these Bicycle Friendly Community awards.
While it is impossible to cover all of the great work of these communities in a press release, please see these selected highlights showing some of the amazing efforts and examples from the communities that applied in this round.
“What stood out to me was the number of communities that adapted the program to suit their needs and used the comprehensive nature of the program,” says Ken McLeod, Policy Director of the League of American Bicyclists. “In our programming there is always a tension between simplicity, which is easier to communicate, and thoroughness, which serves our mission of building a Bicycle Friendly America for everyone. It was great to see so many communities work within the comprehensive BFC program and supplement it with really incredible information, showing that they value and want more ways to engage in making biking better.”“We applaud these communities for making improvements for people who bike in a ways that build upon their existing strengths and are based upon their particular needs, whether that is infrastructure, education or encouragement,” said Bill Nesper, Interim Executive Director at the League of American Bicyclists. “We are encouraged by the way that communities are using bicycling as a part of their solution to issues of health, job access, traffic safety and the environment and using our program to make progress in those issues. We look forward to continuing to work with these communities as part of our mission to build a Bicycle Friendly America for everyone.” There were also 13 communities recognized with an Honorable Mention in this round.
About the Bicycle Friendly Community program
The BFC program provides a roadmap to building a Bicycle Friendly Community and the application itself has become a rigorous and an educational tool in itself. Since its inception, more than 800 distinct communities have applied and the five levels of the award — diamond, platinum, gold, silver and bronze — provide a clear incentive for communities to continuously improve.
Each community that applies for a BFC award receives a report card. The report cards for communities that receive an award are available in our award database and communities that receive an Honorable Mention have their report card available for one year after its award. Explanations of each award level and key data from each report card are available here: http://bikeleague.org/
To apply or learn more about the BFC program, visit bikeleague.org/community
About the Bicycle Friendly AmericaSM Program
The Bicycle Friendly CommunitySM, Bicycle Friendly StateSM, Bicycle Friendly Business and Bicycle Friendly UniversitySM programs are generously supported by program partner Planet Bike. The Bicycle Friendly Community program was created in 1995 and has processed more than 1,200 applications since 2002. To learn more about building a Bicycle Friendly America, visit bikeleague.org/BFA.
The League of American Bicyclists is leading the movement to create a Bicycle Friendly America for everyone. As leaders, our commitment is to listen and learn, define standards and share best practices to engage diverse communities and build a powerful, unified voice for change.The Bicycle Friendly America program is generously supported by Planet Bike and League Members.
The League of American Bicyclists is leading the movement to create a Bicycle Friendly America for everyone. As leaders, our commitment is to listen and learn, define standards and share best practices to engage diverse communities and build a powerful, unified voice for change.