26 new Bicycle Friendly Communities join the ranks

Today, the League of American Bicyclists welcomed 26 new and 77 renewing Bicycle Friendly Communities (BFC). This is the largest application round in the BFC program’s 13 year history. In total, 140 communities applied for recognition, a 62 percent increase from the previous largest round. There are now 404 BFCs in all 50 states.

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Several communities stood out for the on-bike examples of their mayors and for their recognition of how bicycling can bring people together. Provo, Utah, moved from a Bronze to a Silver award. Mayor John Curtis has become an avid road cyclist and a regular bike commuter since he was elected mayor — committing to ride 100 days during the year. Through his commitment and the efforts of the Provo Bicycle Committee, there has been a sharp increase in political and community support of bicycling in Provo.

Betsy Price, mayor of new Bronze BFC Fort Worth, Texas, is noted for leading Rolling Town Halls. These family-friendly bike rides allow resident to join the mayor and share how they would like to improve the city.

Assembling a dedicated group of local leaders to create a Bicycle Advisory Committee (BAC) is key for building a more Bicycle Friendly Community. New Gold BFC, Chico, California, has expanded its BAC to include pedestrians and disabled members of the community, changing its name to the Bike/Pedestrian Working Group. With the guidance of this group, Chico has made great strides in building connections and infrastructure.

As part of the BFC award process, communities reported over 700 local bicycling, active transportation and transportation equity advocacy groups working to improve conditions for people who walk, bike and need better transportation options. Over 300 of these advocates provided feedback on their communities, helping the League better understand this diverse round of 140 communities. Many applications showed a strong connection between the work of communities and advocacy organizations, particularly in bicycle education programming and bicycle promotion campaigns and events.

This round of Bicycle Friendly Communities has shown us once again that there is no one recipe for success and that communities benefit from a holistic approach to implementing the programs and policies across the Five Es (Engineering, Education, Encouragement, Enforcement, and Evaluation and Planning). Successful communities have a mixture of determined citizen advocates, visionary leaders and responsive staff each doing their parts to build a Bicycle Friendly Community for all.

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.

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

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Join Bicycle Times at the National Bike Summit

Photo courtesy of the League of American Bicyclists

Photo courtesy of the League of American Bicyclists

For 15 years we’ve looked forward to it as a rite of spring: the trek to the nation’s capital for the largest annual gathering of bicycle advocates in the country. Hundreds of advocates, retailers, industry leaders, media and more convene at the National Bike Summit in Washington D.C. to lobby Congress to build a bicycle-friendly America for everyone.

In 2015, the Summit will be held March 10-12, in conjunction with the National Forum on Women & Bicycling. The theme will be “Bikes+”, and will “zero in on how the bike movement can add value to other issues and find powerful champions in health, community development and the business sector,” according to the Summit’s host, the League of American Bicyclists.

Topics of discussion

  • Vision Zero: Cities around the country are setting goals of reducing traffic fatalities to zero. How has it changed transportation policy, and what are they learning?
  • Retrofitting Suburbia: Ellen Dunham Jones, Professor of Architecture and Urban Design at Georgia Tech, will inspire us to believe that the suburbs can be saved for bicycling, and document how the bicycling community can plug into that effort.
  • Building a Leadership Pipeline: A major lesson learned from this year’s election was that picking the right candidate matters. Kara Hollingsworth, principal of political leadership at Wellstone Action, will discuss the components, process and best practices to develop an effective candidate recruitment and leadership pipeline for your local organization.

The Summit will also feature the National Forum on Women & Bicycling, an event that has grown in just three years to nearly 450 attendees in 2014. Building on its success by digging deeper, the Forum will focus on a Big Idea that will drive change at all levels: creating more diverse leaders, and proposing new systems of leadership to infuse more creativity and innovation into the bike movement.

Don’t miss this opportunity to be part of the next generation of thinkers and doers, join us at the Summit. Early registration is open now through January 31.

 

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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.

 

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