FAQ for Bicycle Friendly States Program
Frequently Asked Questions
The State Bike Coordinator should complete the ranking questionnaire with the assistance of statewide bicycle advocacy organizations and other relevant state or federal agencies that the Department of Transportation works with on bicycling-related issues.
There is currently no deadline set for the 2016 Bicycle Friendly States survey. The survey has not been released to Departments of Transportation as we are undergoing a process to determine how best to align the survey with state-level advocacy goals. If you have any questions about this process please contact email@example.com.
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.
Each state receives a report card that highlights areas to improve and our Top 10 Signs of Success, which are based on the practices and indicators of leading states. We are also happy to answer questions from state agencies, advocates, and citizens about the state of their state and what our data shows regarding areas of improvement or leading practices. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions about best practices in state bicycling issues.
Although there is currently no 2016 survey in progress, when we launch our new survey we will do everything possible to ensure that data that is publicly available or available from past surveys is entered into the new survey so that it can be reviewed for accuracy.
FMIS data is data from the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA)'s Fiscal Management Information System (FMIS). The FHWA provides us with this information annually. FMIS data shows how states have used federal highway funds for a variety of projects and programs - including those that benefit biking and walking. If you are interested in this information please contact email@example.com.
Currently there is no survey to complete. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions about the Bicycle Friendly State program.
Currently there is no 2016 Bicycle Friendly State survey to complete. Below is an example of our traditional process for determining the Bicycle Friendly State rankings.
- Survey is opened: Invitations are send to state DOT and the statewide advocacy group (SAO)
- Survey is completed
- Fact checking and scoring: 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 apply scoring criteria to each survey.
- Ranking and report cards developed: Based on weighted percentage of total available points, with input from state advocacy organizations
- Report cards are completed: Shared with DOTs and state advocacy groups for review
- Press release template: Shared with DOTs and state advocacy organizations a few days before the release
- Release of the ranking and report cards