A Bike Friendly Community welcomes cyclists by providing safe accommodations for bicycling and encouraging people to bike for transportation and recreation. Making cycling safe and convenient are keys to improving public health, reducing traffic congestion, improving air quality and improving quality of life. The application and assessment process provides guidance to help make your community’s vision for a better, more bikeable community a reality.
Bike Friendly Community Program – Recurring Assessment
Reassess your community for its bike friendliness every 2 years.
The League of American Bicyclists’ Bike Friendly Community (BFC) program commenced in 1995 and has received over 1500 applications. There are currently 430 recognized Bicycle Friendly Communities in the U.S and over 100 Honorable Mentions.
This program has now been extended outside the U.S for the first time, to provide communities worldwide the opportunity to benchmark themselves and obtain a roadmap to identify improvements for local and visiting cyclists. Accreditation also recognises and provides further marketing and branding opportunities for those communities performing well for cyclists.
The application and assessment process provides guidance to help make your community’s vision for a better, more bikeable community a reality.
A BFC welcomes cyclists by providing safe accommodations for bicycling and encouraging people to bike for transportation and recreation. Making cycling safe and convenient are keys to improving public health, reducing traffic congestion, improving air quality and improving quality of life.
1. Do the self assessment diagnostic
Get a copy of your last self assessment and use it to help you complete this one. The assessment is completed by you and your team within your community. The assessment is completed online and consists of a lengthy diagnostic tool. You will not be able to complete the diagnostic tool in a single session. You are able to save the diagnostic and return at any time to continue until you are complete and ready to submit.
2. CyclelifeHQ validates your submission
We take your self assessment diagnostic and validate the information you have provided. We do this through independant checks with local advocacy groups and other community representatives and we involve you throughout this process. It is much quicker the second time around as we are looking to validate the improvements in your community.
3. CycleLifeHQ awards your BFC level
We produce you BFC certification report and award you with the level best representing your communities bike friendliness. You get a chance to review this and correct anything that you believe you submitted incorrectly.
4. Tell the world
Once we both agree on the assessment outcome we will publish your award level on this website and your rank alongside other communities. You are then free to announce your certification through social media and other media channels…you deserve it!
5. Reassess every 2 years
Your assessment is now valid for another 2 years. Get cracking on your new initiatives to improve your communities certification level, 2 years is not that long. Remember you must re-certify every 2 years to continue to use the BFC program branding, copyright and other intellectual property elements. To re-certify you will complete the same process in steps 1 – 4 above. But it will be quicker the third, fourth and fifth time 🙂