55 new and renewing Bicycle Friendly Communities announced

bicycle-friendly-communityToday 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

Bloomington, Indiana
Carbondale, Colorado
Urbana, Illinois

New to Silver

Nantucket, Massachusetts

Moved up to Silver

Chattanooga, Tennessee
Golden, Colorado
Gresham, Oregon
New Orleans, Louisiana
Oakland, California
Sanibel, Florida
Simsbury, Connecticut

New to Bronze

Arroyo Grande, California
Battle Creek, Michigan
Carson City, Nevada
Fargo, North Dakota/Moorhead, Minnesota
Flint, Michigan
Frazee, Minnesota
Greater Grand Forks, North Dakota/Minnesota
Greater Wenatchee, Washington
Hagerstown, Maryland
Honolulu City and County, Hawaii
Hutchinson, Minnesotta
Milton, Massachusetts
Morro Bay, California
New Britain, Connecticut
New Haven, Connecticut
Normal, Illinois
Peachtree City, Georgia
Phoenix, Arizona
Pleasanton, California
Riverdale City, Utah
South Lake County, Florida
South San Francisco, California

To apply or learn more about the BFC program, visit bikeleague.org/community.



League welcomes 18 new Bicycle Friendly Communities

bfa-box0With 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.

See the new communities here.

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