Bicycle Friendly America℠
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.
A Bicycle Friendly Community, Business, or University welcomes bicyclists by providing safe accommodations for bicycling and encouraging people to bike for transportation and recreation. A bicycle-friendly place makes bicycling safe, comfortable, and convenient for people of all ages and abilities.
The BFA program is more than an assessment
- It’s a study into the DNA making bicycling safe and more comfortable for all people
- It’s the combined knowledge of hundreds of engineers, government officials and bicycle advocates.
- It’s a toolkit of projects, policies, programs and plans designed to make biking better.
- It’s a roadmap for improving conditions for bicycling and the direct assistance to make it happen.
Each year, the League assesses all 50 states. Communities, businesses, and universities are assessed through a voluntary application process. All applicants get customized feedback on their application and access to technical assistance. And if you're not quite there yet, we're here to help you. And once you’ve made the ranks of a Bicycle Friendly Community℠, Bicycle Friendly Business℠ or Bicycle Friendly University℠, the BFA program helps you get to the next level. Read our annual round up of the Bicycle Friendly America program below:
Much more than a rewards program, the BFA program is making biking better for cyclists across the country.
- Sets standards for what constitutes a real bicycling culture and environment
- Affects decisions on how communities, businesses, universities and states grow
- Inspires action, involvement and coordination among people that want to improve conditions for bicyclists
- Guides progress by acting as a roadmap for what communities, businesses, universities and states should do next
- Rewards persistence as people respond to feedback, make changes and come back again and again to get recognition.
- Raises expectations as to what really is expected and involved in making a great place for bicycling
» Jennifer Toole, Toole Design Group
» Julia Diana, City of San Antonio
» Natalie Cappucio Britt, Palmetto Conservation Foundation
» Jeff Olson, Alta Planning+Design
» Robert Ping, Safe Routes to School National Partnership
» Tim Potter, Michigan State University
» Jim Sebastian, DC Office of Transportation Planning
» Sarah Strunk, Active Living By Design
» Zoe Kircos, Bikes Belong Coalition
» Alan Turnbull, National Park Service
» Andy Williamson, International Mountain Bike Association
» Ariadne Delon Scott, Stanford University
» Robbie Webber, Bike Walk Madison
» Carl Sundstrom, Pedestrian & Bicycle Information Center
» Ed Barsotti, League of Illinois Bicyclists
» Rob Sadowsky, Bicycle Transportation Alliance
» Eleanor McMahon, Share the Road Cycling Coalition, Canada
» Tom Huber, Toole Design Group
The BFC program provides guidance to make your distinct vision for a bikeable community a reality.
Where does your state rank? Learn more about our annual ranking by clicking here.
Through our Bicycle Friendly Business program, employers are recognized for their efforts to encourage a more bicycle friendly atmosphere.
The Bicycle Friendly University program recognizes institutions of higher education for promoting and providing a more bicycle-friendly campus for students, staff and visitors.