Bicycle Friendly Communities Announced for 2015

PRESS RELEASE — On November 16, the League of American Bicyclists announced 55 new and renewing Bicycle Friendly Communities (BFC). Eighteen communities received their first BFC award, 17 at Bronze and one (Hennepin County, Minnesota) at Silver. Nine communities moved up to higher award levels and the remainder renewed at their previous level.

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The new, 2015 awardees join a leading group of 371 communities in all 50 states that are improving health, safety and quality of life in cities and towns nationwide. With this new round, 72 million people live in a Bicycle Friendly Community.

The League’s BFC program provides a roadmap to improve conditions for bicycling and the guidance to make your distinct vision for a better, bikeable community a reality. A BFC welcomes bicyclists by providing safe accommodations for bicycling and encouraging people to bike for transportation and recreation. Making bicycling safe and convenient are keys to improving public health, reducing traffic congestion, improving air quality and improving quality of life.

This latest round saw strong growth in the top tiers of the program, as Madison, Wisconsin, became the fifth Platinum BFC, joining Boulder and Fort Collins, Colorado; Davis, California; and Portland. Madison is the first new Platinum since 2013. Four communities moved into the Gold tier: Austin, Texas; San Luis Obispo and Santa Cruz, California; and Tempe, Arizona. There are now 24 Gold Bicycle Friendly Communities.

The growth of the BFC program demonstrates that communities of all sizes and sorts are harnessing the value of bicycling in cultivating healthy citizens and a healthy, growing economy. The Fall 2015 class of new BFCs includes Brownsville, Texas, a border city frequently cited among the poorest in the U.S. Monona, Wisconsin, is the smallest of the new BFCs with a population of just 7,533; Hennepin County, Minnesota, is the largest with a population of 1.2 million.

Since the program’s inception, more than 800 distinct communities have applied for BFC status. Communities complete a 100+ question application, which is then reviewed by national experts as well as members of their local cycling community. All applicants receive extensive feedback. Communities must renew their designation every four years.

Read more about the attributes of a Bicycle Friendly Community.

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League of American Bicyclists Announces New Bicycle Friendly Universities

Washington, D.C. — On November 5, the League of American Bicyclists announced 49 new and renewing Bicycle Friendly Universities (BFU), bringing the total to 127 BFUs in 42 states. This year, the number of universities achieving the highest distinction grew to five, with three schools rising to Platinum status: the University of Minnesota, Portland State University and Colorado State University. Stanford became the first BFU to renew its Platinum status.

Twenty-five of the 49 schools involved this year are new additions to the BFU list, from Vanderbilt in Nashville, to Texas A&M in College Station, to Arizona State’s downtown campus in Phoenix.

“Colorado State University and the Campus Bicycle Advisory Committee are beyond proud to receive the Platinum designation,” said Aaron Fodge, Colorado State’s Alternative Transportation Manager. “Our 2011 Silver designation and subsequent guidance from the League set in motion a grassroots effort across campus to integrate the bicycle into every facet of our campus culture. Our employees and students followed the League’s blueprint to preserve future bicycle corridors, enhance our enforcement, significantly expand our bike parking, and dedicate a strong commitment to data-driven decision making. The culmination of these efforts led to a new transportation division, a bike master plan, and a dedicated annual budget from parking revenue with Platinum as our goal. Platinum for CSU validates the ongoing commitment of our daily bicycle commuters and our strong relationship with our host community – Fort Collins.”

The League’s Bicycle Friendly America program provides a roadmap, hands-on assistance and recognition for states, communities, universities and businesses. The BFA℠ program is a tool for states, communities, business and universities to make bicycling a real transportation and recreation option for all people.

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League of American Bicyclists certifies 100 new Bicycle Friendly Businesses

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Today, the League of American Bicyclists has awarded 100 new and renewing Bicycle Friendly Businesses [pdf] in 31 states and Washington, D.C.

With this announcement, the program has grown to include 1,050 visionary local businesses, government agencies and Fortune 500 companies [pdf] from across the country that are changing the script on what it means to provide a top-notch experience and atmosphere for employees and customers alike. There are now BFBs in 47 states and DC. Rotating Mass Media, parent company of Bicycle Times and our sister magazine, Dirt Rag, is proud to be a Gold Level BFB since 2013.

The new Platinum-level BFBs certified this year are Sonos Inc. of Santa Barbara, California, Partners for Active Living from Spartanburg, South Carolina, Quality Bicycle Products West from Ogden, Utah, and Trek Travel from Madison, Wisconsin.

“The business community’s investment in bicycling is playing a central role in making the country a safer, happier, and more sustainable place to live and work,” said Amelia Neptune, League Bicycle Friendly Business Program Manager. “We applaud this new round of businesses for leading the charge in creating a bicycle-friendly America for everyone.”

Bicycle Friendly Businesses encourage a more bicycle-friendly atmosphere for employees and customers alike. BFBs attract and retain energized, alert and productive employees, while decreasing healthcare costs.

The Architect of the Capitol, which employs 2,300 staff and oversees the maintenance and operation of all congressional buildings and land throughout Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., received a Bronze award this round.

The government agency, among other advancements, has been working collaboratively with the Congressional Bike Caucus to share information throughout the Capitol campus, and has helped to restart the Federal Interagency Bike Working Group as a means to share best practices within the federal community.

“We are so pleased to make the U.S. Capitol campus a more welcoming place for biking commuters and the visiting public,” said Architect of the Capitol, Stephen T. Ayers. “It is rewarding to be recognized as a Bicycle Friendly Business and to know that we have a passionate group of employees who implemented a cohesive program to achieve this recognition.”

Hewlett Packard has about 1,900 employees at its Fort Collins, Colorado, location. The new Bronze-level awardee hosts lunch-and-learn seminars on site, focusing on bicycling tips, such as winter riding, basic rules of the road and more.

“HP takes great pride in supporting community wellness and environmental protection,” Hewlett Packard in Fort Collins said in a statement. “We are proud to be part of the movement to make bicycling fun and safe for everyone.”

To apply or learn more about the BFB program, visit bikeleague.org/businesses.

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Bicycle friendly communities announced

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Today the League of American Bicyclists announced 42 new and renewing Bicycle Friendly Communities (BFC). With this new round, 69 million people live in a Bicycle Friendly Community.


Click here to read the list of Bicycle Friendly Communities


These new awardees join a leading group of more than 350 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 for building a Bicycle Friendly Community. Since the program’s 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. Louisville, Kentucky became a Silver-level awardee:

This increase in our bicycle friendliness rating is great news. It means we’re moving in the right direction in our efforts to build safer, more efficient connections across Louisville for pedestrians, bicyclists and motorists. Those connections make Louisville more livable for those already here and more attractive to those who might consider relocating here.

— Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer

Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe in Washington state became a Bronze-level community. It’s also the first Native American community to receive a Bicycle Friendly Community designation:

The Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe is pleased to learn of our Bicycle Friendly Community Bronze Award from the League of American Bicyclists. Our regional trail system, the Olympic Discovery Trail, is seamlessly incorporated into our Tribal operations and we welcome the public to enjoy the Tribal trail sections. As the first Tribe in the nation to be awarded a League designation, we look forward to continuing a strong affiliation with the cycling community.

— W. Ron Allen, Tribal Chairman

 “We applaud this new round of communities for investing in a more sustainable future for the country and a healthier future for their residents and beyond,” said Andy Clarke, President of the League of American Bicyclists, based in Washington, D.C. “The growing number of leaders taking up bicycling as a way of solving many complex community problems is encouraging. We look forward to continuing to work with these communities as we move closer to our mission of creating a bicycle-friendly America for everyone.”

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Communities must apply to be considered a BFC. The awards are valid for four years. A community must reapply after four years to maintain its status or move up.

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Join Bicycle Times at the National Bike Summit

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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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