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
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.
Usually show excellence across the board. These are the type of businesses that have excellent bike parking, showers, lockers, incentives to get people riding, great bike education programs and events, supportive policies and a strong biking culture seen both internally and externally.
Do have strong bike cultures as well, but may still be missing something in one of the E’s.
Feel bicycle friendly but might not be reaching the biggest group of people who would like to bike but don’t feel comfortable doing so. Typically there is still a lot of work left to do in 2 or 3 of the Es.
Do not necessarily feel very welcoming to bicycles. These businesses may only have good bike parking, participate in the annual bike to work day or support an internal bike club. However, important steps are being taken in all Five E’s but particularly in one or two E’s.
Applicants in the Honorable Mention category are just starting to address the needs of cyclists. There are probably a small percentage of employees, often very experienced riders, who are bicycling to work.
Applicants that do not receive any recognition have yet to address the needs of bicyclists. Every applicant receives a feedback report that will help them on the road to becoming a great Bicycle Friendly Business.