Frequently Asked Questions
The State Bike Coordinator should complete the ranking questionnaire with the assistance of statewide bicycle advocacy organizations.
The deadline is January 15, 2015.
Yes, all 50 states will still be ranked. League staff will complete unanswered questionnaires to determine ranking. However, as state coordinators, bicycle advisory committee representatives or state bicycle advocates have a better understanding of the laws, policies and practices in their states, their questionnaires will be more complete and likely scored better.
What if my state ranks low, won't it be used against me? Why should I bother continuing to update my ranking questionnaire annually?
The goal of the BFS℠ program is not to punish states that perform poorly, but rather to recognize those that support bicycling and use them as models for the rest of the country. Rankings will allow states to see how they stack up nationally.
All state bicycle coordinators, and the main representatives of the state legislature and state advocacy groups will receive feedback from our expert review panel on things that are working well and areas that need improvement. Ideally, state agencies use the survey and feedback as a roadmap to improve their bicycling policies, programs and practices.
We transfered the data you submitted last year to the 2015 survey for you. You just need to ensure all answers are still accurate, answer new or updated questions and fill in any other blanks.
We will send the most current FMIS data spreadsheet to all state bicycle coordinators and state bicycle advocacy groups as soon as it becomes available, usually in December.
Please reach out to your statewide bicycle advocacy group (or a major regional bicycle advocacy group if there is no statewide group) to see if they can help you with filling out the survey. Also, please review the BFS Resources page which offers links to information and examples of best practices.
- Survey opens (September 3): Invitations are send to state DOT and the statewide advocacy group (SAO)
- Deadline (January 15)
- Fact checking and scoring (February): State advocacy organizations (or DOT if survey was submitted by a SAO). Suggested changes are shared with author of survey for review. Once all surveys are finalized, League staff are scoring each survey.
- Ranking and report cards developed (March): Based on weighted percentage of total available points, with input from state advocacy organizations
- Report cards are completed (early April): Send to DOTs and state advocacy groups for review
- Press release template (early April): Shared with DOTs and state advocacy organizations a few days before the release
- Release of the 2015 ranking and report cards (April 15)
Bicycle Friendly America
Legal Specialist, Advocacy Advance