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Bicycle Friendly America Program Marks 10th Anniversary!
The latest issue of our American Bicyclist magazine is a transformation on two fronts. At the National Bike Summit this year, we revealed the new face of the League — a fresh look and branding that honors our past and looks to the future — and the March-April edition is the first issue of the redesigned magazine.
But this magazine also showcases a transformation that goes far beyond the pages of American Bicyclist — or even the League itself. A decade ago, we launched a program that in just 10 years, has guided hundreds of communities, businesses and universities to make biking better.
In this issue, we mark the 10th Anniversary of the Bicycle Friendly America program.
.”The results [of the Bicycle Friendly America program] have been impressive,” League president, Andy Clarke, writes in his opening letter. “Since 2000, Bicycle Friendly Communities have seen an 80 percent increase in bicycle traffic — compared to just 32 percent in non-BFCs. We’ve applied the model to businesses, universities and states to tremendous effect, as well. Companies are saving thousands of dollars per person in health-care costs. Colleges and universities are using the program to meet sustainability and mobility goals. And states are developing tourism and economic development strategies around bicycling.”
Now, I know I’m biased, but this may be our best issue yet — showcasing the history and future of the BFA program, great graphics and, of course, the latest (and longest!) list of current BFA awardees. Read it online now, or become a member to make sure you get American Bicyclist delivered to your mailbox.