Update on ‘Enforcement’ in the 5E Framework

For nearly 20 years, “Enforcement” has been included as one of five pillars in the Bicycle Friendly America program’s 5 E Framework.

Effective June 9, 2020, the "Enforcement & Safety" section of the Fall 2020 BFC application was taken offline to allow the League to assess all Enforcement-related questions and begin to determine how the BFC program can best contribute to policy and cultural changes that reduce the potential for police violence and discriminatory enforcement.

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In August 2020, we re-published an updated version of the Fall 2020 BFC application and the 2020 BFU application mid-round, with key changes that fundamentally shifted how enforcement is framed in those applications. Some enforcement-related questions remained offline while the majority were revised and integrated into other sections of the applications.  See the complete list of the before-and-after versions of all updated BFC questions here.

In October 2020, with the opening of the Spring 2021 BFC submission round, the League announced that these changes were to become official, including the permanent removal of “Enforcement” as its own pillar within the 5 E Framework. Over the coming year, we will determine what further changes are needed.

Below are answers to many frequently asked questions about this program update, as well as links to resources and information for advocates and BFA applicants.

If you have questions that aren't answered below, or would like to provide the League with feedback or comments, please email [email protected].

BFA Enforcement FAQs

Enforcement Resources for BFCs & Advocates