Bicycle Friendly Communities Campaign is an awards program that recognizes
municipalities that actively support bicycling. A Bicycle-Friendly Community
provides safe accommodation for cycling and encourages its residents to
bike for transportation and recreation. To view an overview presentation
on the program, click
Encouraging bicycling is a simple way towards improving public health.
With more people bicycling, communities experience reduced traffic demands,
improved air quality and greater physical fitness. In addition, bicycle-friendly
towns are often seen as places with a high quality of life. This can translate
into increased property values, business growth and increased tourism.
How to Apply
There are two steps to apply for Bicycle Friendly Community status:
First, complete and submit Part 1 of the application. After a review of
your general community profile, the League will inform you if you have
met some of the basic criteria required.
Part 2 is a detailed audit of the engineering, education, encouragement,
enforcement and evaluation efforts in your municipality. This comprehensive
inquiry is designed to yield a holistic picture of your community's work
to promote bicycling. Technical assistance for completing Part 2 is available.
"You and other bicyclists in the community can bring this program,
particularly the application, to your mayor or county council to initiate
positive change in your neighborhood. Click
here for more information...
A committee reviews and scores the application and consults with local cyclists
in your community. An award of platinum, gold, silver or bronze status is
designated for two years. The League and technical assistance staff will
continue to work with awardees and those communities that do not yet meet
the criteria to encourage continual improvements. Click
here to read how this is working for one community.
The League of American Bicyclists recognizes newly designated Bicycle Friendly
Communities with an awards ceremony, a Bicycle-Friendly Community road sign,
and a formal press announcement.
Renewing the Designation
About the League
You will complete a simple renewal form to compliment your original application
so that the League of American Bicyclists can continue to recognize your
progress. Renewals are due every four years after a community is designated or
receives their renewal notice. The League will also require a short annual update. Award levels may change based on the renewal
The League of American Bicyclists promotes bicycling for fun, fitness and
transportation and works through advocacy and education for a bicycle-friendly
America. The League represents the interests of the nation's 42 million
cyclists. With a current membership of 300,000 affiliated cyclists, including
40,000 individuals and 600 affiliated organizations, the League works to
bring better bicycling to your community. If you care about bicycling, become
a League member today.
more about the League...
National Advisory Group
The National Advisory Group for the Bicycle Friendly Community program provides
guidance on program development and priorities. The Advisory group members
John Allen, Board of Directors Member, League of American Bicyclists
Tim Blumenthal, Executive Director, Bikes Belong Coalition
Tim Bustos, Bicycle/Pedestrian Coordinator, University of California at Berkeley
Natalie Cappuccio-Britt, Executive Director, Palmetto Cycling Coalition
Mike Greehan, Advocacy Director, Interbike
Martin Guttenplan, Florida Department of Transportation
Laura Hallam, Executive Director, Florida Bicycle Association
Tom Huber, Bicycle/Pedestrian Coordinator, Wisconsin DOT
Randy Neufeld, Executive Director, Chicagoland Bicycle Federation
Jeff Olson, Architect, Alta Planning+Design
Jim Sebastian, Bike Ped Coordinator, DC Office of Transportation Planning
Sarah Strunk, Director, Active Living By Design
Jennifer Toole, President, Toole Design Group
Elizabeth Train, Grants & Research Director, Bike Belong Coalition
Alan Turnbull, National Park Service Rivers, Trails, & Conservation
W. Preston Tyree, Executive Director, Community Mobility Institute
Dru van Hengel, Mobility Coordinator, City of Santa Barbara
Robbie Webber, Project Coordinator, Bicycle Federation of Wisconsin
Charlie Zegeer, Director, Pedestrian & Bicycle Information Center