Bicycle Friendly America
The League’s Bicycle Friendly America℠ program provides a roadmap, hands-on assistance and recognition for states, communities, universities and businesses. The BFA program is a tool for states, communities, business and universities to make bicycling a real transportation and recreation option for all people.
The BFA program is more than an assessment
- It’s a study into the DNA of being Bicycle Friendly
- It’s the combined knowledge of hundreds of engineers, government officials and bicycle advocates.
- It’s a toolkit of projects, policies, programs and plans designed to make biking better.
- It’s a roadmap for improving conditions for bicycling and the direct assistance to make it happen.
Each year, the League assesses all 50 states. Communities, businesses, and universities are assessed through a voluntary application process. All applicants get customized feedback on their application and access to technical assistance. If you aren’t Bicycle Friendly yet, the League will help you get there. And once you’ve made the ranks of a Bicycle Friendly Community, Business or University, the BFA program helps you get to the next level.
The League is celebrating the 10th anniversary of the BFA program. Click through our anniversary magazine to learn more abou the history of this impressive program, and the small idea out of Kansas that sparked a long-standing bike-friendly legacy.
Much more than a rewards program, the BFA program is making biking better for cyclists across the country.
- Sets standards for what constitutes a real bicycling culture and environment
- Affects decisions on how communities, businesses, universities and states grow
- Inspires action, involvement and coordination among people that want to improve conditions for bicyclists
- Guides progress by acting as a roadmap for what communities, businesses, universities and states should do next
- Rewards persistence as people respond to feedback, make changes and come back again and again to get recognition.
- Raises expectations as to what really is expected and involved in making a great place for bicycling
» Jennifer Toole, Toole Design Group
» Julia Diana, City of San Antonio
» Natalie Cappucio Britt, Palmetto Conservation Foundation
» Jeff Olson, Alta Planning+Design
» Robert Ping, Safe Routes to School National Partnership
» Tim Potter, Michigan State University
» Jim Sebastian, DC Office of Transportation Planning
» Sarah Strunk, Active Living By Design
» Zoe Kircos, Bikes Belong Coalition
» Alan Turnbull, National Park Service
» Andy Williamson, International Mountain Bike Association
» Ariadne Delon Scott, Stanford University
» Robbie Webber, Bike Walk Madison
» Carl Sundstrom, Pedestrian & Bicycle Information Center
» Ed Barsotti, League of Illinois Bicyclists
» Rob Sadowsky, Bicycle Transportation Alliance
» Eleanor McMahon, Share the Road Cycling Coalition, Canada
» Tom Huber, Toole Design Group