Frequently Asked Questions
The State Bike Coordinator should complete the ranking questionnaire with the assistance of statewide bicycle advocacy organizations.
It is Jan. 31 each year.
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.
You can transfer last year’s data as soon as the new cycle opens. To do so, access your application desktop and click on “Copy Form” next to the last survey. Select the new cycle you want to transfer your data to. Click “Submit”. You can now edit the new survey.
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 January.
- Survey opens (September): Invitations are send to state DOT and the statewide advocacy group (SAO)
- Deadline (January 31): Follow up with states that did not submit by the deadline
- Fact checking (February): League staff and state advocacy organizations (or DOT if survey was submitted by a SAO). Suggested changes are shared with author of survey for review
- Surveys are finalized (March): League staff
- Surveys are scored (April): League staff
- Ranking (April): Based on weighted percentage of total available points
- Recommendations are drafted (April): With input from state advocacy organizations
- Report cards are completed (April): Send to DOTs and state advocacy groups for review a few days before the release
- Press release template (April): Shared with DOTs and state advocacy organizations
- Release (May 1)
Bicycle Friendly America
Program Manager, Bicycle Friendly Community, State