Read through these FAQs to learn more about the program and how to apply.
There is one application cycle per year, with the deadline in August. Applications submitted by August 20, 2015, will be considered for a 2015 designation.
No. Thanks to the generous support of Trek Bicycles, we are able to waive all application and renewal fees.
Any university, college, community college or other institution of higher education with a physical campus is eligible to apply for the BFU℠ program. Your bicycle, sustainability, or transportation program manager should review the application and resources. University administration should work alongside campus bicycling groups to complete the form. BFU staff are available to answer questions about eligibility, the application process and best practices.
To complete the most comprehensive application, the applicant should be aware of all aspects of the university’s bicycle-related activities and efforts. We encourage the applicant to consult bicycling students and staff to help advise on the campus’s true environment for cycling.
Please be certain that the leaders of the college or university are consulted before applying.
New and renewing applicants fill out the same application form. However, if you applied in Fall 2012 or later, you will be able to transfer the data from your last application into the new application.
I started an application but won’t make the next deadline – how do I transfer my data to the next cycle?
If you have started an application and missed the deadline or are reapplying, you can transfer your data as soon as the new cycle opens.
To do so,
- access your application desktop and click on “Copy Form” next to the last application you have been working on.
- Select the new cycle you want to transfer your data to. Click “Submit”.
- You can now edit the new application.
Applicants that just fall short of a designation receive an Honorable Mention. Universities that receive an Honorable Mention are being promoted on the League website for one year. However, they do not receive a certificate, seal or award. The names of applicants that do not receive any recognition are not published. All applicants that do not achieve Bicycle Friendly status still receive a detailed feedback report that can be used to work towards a designation next time the business applies.
The BFU designation is given on a four-year basis, after which time the university must reapply to maintain or improve their status. Universities that do not maintain their cycling environment over the years may also lose their BFU status.
Any university, college, community college or other institution of higher education with a physical campus is eligible to apply for the BFU program. Your bicycle, sustainability, or transportation program manager should review the application and resources. University administration should work alongside campus bicycling groups to complete the form. BFU staff are available to answer questions about eligibility, the application process and best practices.
An important part of the BFU designation is the official presentation of the award to the college or university. The following steps are usually involved in setting up an award ceremony:
- Choose a date and location.
- The League will identify a representative to present the award – the representative may be a League staff person or board member, the head of a local club, a member of the bike industry, or other appropriate person. If you have a preference, please let the League staff know. The League will provide talking points for the presentation.
- The League can assist you in developing a press release for your business announcing the award ceremony. Most universities use their communications department to distribute the press release.
Bicycle Friendly America
Residents and Advocates
The League has developed a promotional BFA toolkit specifically for bicycle advocates -- learn more on the Advocate Tools page.
The BFA program relies on local cyclists and advocates like you to fact check applications, provide a local perspective, identify hazards that need immediate addressing, and provide detailed recommendations on how the community could be improved for cyclists. To learn more and to sign up, please visit our local reviewer page.