Today the League of American Bicyclists announced 55 new and renewing Bicycle Friendly Communities (BFC). With this new round, 69 million people live in a Bicycle Friendly Community as the program extends to all 50 states.
These new awardees join a leading group of more than 325 communities in all 50 states that are improving health, safety and quality of life in cities and towns nationwide.
The BFC program provides a roadmap to building a Bicycle Friendly Community and the application itself has become a rigorous and an educational tool in itself. Since its inception, more than 800 distinct communities have applied and the five levels of the award – diamond, platinum, gold, silver and bronze – provide a clear incentive for communities to continuously improve.
The following communities are new or have moved to a higher level:
Moved up to Gold
New to Silver
Moved up to Silver
New Orleans, Louisiana
New to Bronze
Arroyo Grande, California
Battle Creek, Michigan
Carson City, Nevada
Fargo, North Dakota/Moorhead, Minnesota
Greater Grand Forks, North Dakota/Minnesota
Greater Wenatchee, Washington
Honolulu City and County, Hawaii
Morro Bay, California
New Britain, Connecticut
New Haven, Connecticut
Peachtree City, Georgia
Riverdale City, Utah
South Lake County, Florida
South San Francisco, California
To apply or learn more about the BFC program, visit bikeleague.org/community.
With nearly 40 million Americans bicycling in 2012 and U.S. bike commuting increasing more than 61% from 2000 to 2012, there’s growing consensus that making biking better is a key component of a healthy, livable community.
With the announcement of 18 new Bicycle Friendly Communities, there are now 303 BFCs in 48 states. An additional 28 communities earned an Honorable Mention. The League of American Bicyclists’ BFC program is helping transform the way communities evaluate quality of life by assessing investment in bicycling promotion, education programs, infrastructure and municipal policies.Tweet Print