2010 Bicycle Friendly America Review
The Bicycle Friendly America program is a resource for groups to measure current condions, to get recognion for their work and to receive hands-on assistance to create even more safe and welcoming places for cycling.
& T Crea ng a Bicycle Friendly America by Bill Nesper, Director, Bicycle Friendly America Program PROGRESS POSSIBILITIES and responded with concrete ac ons to improve condi ons. The Bicycle Friendly America program is a resource for these groups to measure current condi ons, to get recogni on for their work and to receive hands-on assistance to create even more safe and welcoming places for cycling. The most recent data from the 2009 Na onal Household Travel Survey show that bicycling's share of all trips increased by 25 percent since 2001. This growth in cycling was echoed in the most recent data on work commutes in the U.S. Census Bureau's American Community Survey. This survey showed a 43 percent growth in bike commu ng over the last eight years and a nearly 70 percent increase in Bicycle Friendly Communi es � communi es that answer the underlying demand by be er accommoda ng and promo ng cycling. In the past 12 months, the Bicycle Friendly Community program staff has given direct assistance to more than 500 new communities, and a recent survey shows a nearly 70 percent increase in commuting in Bicycle Friendly Communities � communities that answer the underlying demand by better accommodating and promoting cycling. he message is clear � give people the places and confidence to ride and they will. It's not just pla num Bicycle Friendly Communi es who are experiencing a bicycling boom. In addi on to the explosive growth in bike commu ng in Boulder, Colo. and Portland, Ore., places such as Tulsa, Okla.; Milwaukee, Wis.; Columbus, Ohio; and St. Louis, Mo. have all more than doubled their ridership in the last eight years (and a few tripled it). People across the country are seeing that bicycling is a fun, healthy and green way to get around. Businesses, communi es and states have tapped into America's growing demand for cycling SPREADING THROUGH THE CITIES It is inspiring to partner with folks across the country by providing assistance and resources to help communi es reach their bicycle-friendly goals. In the past 12 months, the Bicycle Friendly Community program staff has given direct assistance to more than 500 new communi es � averaging two per day. Through these connec ons and partnerships we are able to share best prac ces and empower ci es to become great places for cycling. In the summer of 2008, for example, we led a BFC Workshop in Greenville, S.C. with an enthusias c group of city staff, After hosting a BFC workshop in the summer of 2008, the community of Greenville, S.C. went into high-gear to implement their action plan, and by 2009, Greenville had received a Bronze BFC designation. local cyclists, and business representaves. By the end of the day, there was an ac on plan and goal to be recognized as a BFC in 2009. "Hos ng the League's Bicycle Friendly Community Workshop in 2008 was one of the most important steps in the City of Greenville's efforts in becoming a BFC," says Andrew Meeker, an urban designerwith the city of Greenville. "The community workshop built the cri cal poli cal and public support for the Bicycle Friendly Community ini a ve by assis ng Greenville in recognizing our past accomplishments and future goals for designaon." The community went into high-gear to implement the ac on plan, forming a Greenville BFC Commi ee, passing a Complete Streets resolu on and increasing the amount of bike parking in the community through a development ordinance. By 2009, Greenville had received a Bronze BFC designa on. They have since integrat- 2 American Bicyclist -- Bicycle Friendly America 2010 For more info: www.bikeleague.org BICYCLE FRIENDLY AMERICA ed the feedback provided by the League to create a BFC Silver Ac on Plan that points the city towards a higher designa on by 2013. Workshops like this one have been spreading throughout the na on from Sheboygan, Wis. to Charleston, S.C., from Grand Rapids, Mich. to Albuquerque, N.M. Aspiring BFCs like Dayton, Ohio and San Antonio, Texas are building community support by hos ng local bike summits where city leaders hear how bicycling improves personal and environmental health, quality of life and transporta on choices for their ci zens. BUSINESSES BUILD BETTER BICYCLING Businesses across the country have also stepped up their efforts to make workplaces more bicycle-friendly. Our Bicycle Friendly Business (BFB) program has been helping to iden fy and encourage leaders since its launch in 2008. Currently there are 83 BFBs in 19 states that span a wide range of industries � everything from breweries and engineering firms to farms and hospitals. Applicants and award winners use the feedback we provide to set goals and allocate addi onal resources for bicycling. Immediately a er receiving their gold designa on in 2008, Quality Bicycle Products (QBP) took ac on on the BFB review feedback. The company added a towel cleaning service to make showering more convenient for cyclists and designated a workplace bike fleet for employees. QBP became a Pla num BFB in 2009; a good illustra on of their leadership in the bicycle industry. BFBs are also core partners in crea ng Bicycle Friendly Communi es. In Anchorage, the Alaska Na ve Tribal Health Quality Bike Products took the advice offered in their 2008 BFB review and added improvements which raised the company to platinum status in 2009. Boulder's bicycle commuting share is 9.9 percent -- 18 times the national average. For more info: www.bikeleague.org American Bicyclist -- Bicycle Friendly America 2010 3 Wisconsin hosted the very successful Wisconsin Bike Summit in 2009. SNAPSHOT The Programs: How to Apply, and Who to Talk to The applica ons themselves are designed to be part of the learning process, asking in-depth ques ons that bring people from various parts of the community, business or state together to build a comprehensive picture of where the applicant is, and where they should go. Filling out the applica on, receiving the feedback and talking to League staff members are all important parts of the process � separate from the actual award. Thanks to the generosity of the League's sponsors, all Bicycle Friendly America applica ons, ques ons and feedback are provided with no charge. It is free to par cipate in this program. Bicycle Friendly Business: Contact Alison Dewey, firstname.lastname@example.org, 202-621-5443 Next Deadlines: 7/16/2010 and 1/14/2011 The Bicycle Friendly Business applica on is designed to be filled out by a human resource person or a staff member who knows about the company's work on behalf of bicyclists. Bicycle Friendly Community: Contact Bill Nesper, email@example.com, 202-621-5444 Next Deadline: 7/16/2010 and 2/18/2011 Someone affiliated directly with the community, whether working for it directly or as an advocate working in conjunc on with a city staff member, fills out the Bicycle Friendly Community applica on online. Bicycle Friendly State: Contact Jeff Peel, firstname.lastname@example.org, 202-621-5445 State Ranking Deadline: 2/18/2011 Award Designa on Deadline: 2/18/2011 State bicycle coordinators from all 50 states fill out a 70-item ques onnaire. The op onal award applica on and designa on is for states that want to apply for further recognion and in-depth feedback on their efforts. Consor um has opened their employee cycling educa onal classes and events to the community as a whole. During Bike to Work Week 2009, they hosted free safety lectures, a bike tune-up day, morning coffee and food, prizes and a live bluegrass band pizza party for the en re community. Partnerships like this helped lead Anchorage to its Bronze BFC designa on in 2009 and serve as a model for businesses and communi es across the country. STATE MODELS In the past, states have been a missing link in crea ng a Bicycle Friendly America. Their influence on laws, funding and design standards cannot be overlooked. The standards set by the Bicycle Friendly State program are helping to change this. Statelevel bicycling summits and events have played an important role in these efforts over the past year. In 2008, the Bicycle Friendly State program ranked West Virginia last in the na on. With the League's recommendaons in hand, advocates and state officials convened the first annual West Virginia Cycling Symposium at the governor's mansion in April 2009. This event led to the forma on of a state advocacy group, a dra of a new statewide bicycle and pedestrian plan, and increased funding for several projects across the state. Happily, West Virginia moved up eight spots to number 42 on the 2009 BFS list. Near the top of the list, Wisconsin hosted the very successful Wisconsin Bike Summit in 2009 which resulted in approval of all three proposed ac ons � a statewide Complete Streets policy, passage of dooring legisla on and $5 million in funding for bike projects. These and other summits have been used as models in the producon of a forthcoming guide on conduc ng state and local bike summits due out this spring. GET STARTED TODAY! In addi on to the hands-on assistance, workshops and applica on reviews, we have made it easier for businesses, communi es and states to measure themselves. Inserted in this yearbook are quick scorecards to measure businesses and communi es, so you will know where you stand and what goals to reach for. Visit www. bicyclefriendlyamerica.org to learn more or print out your scorecard. Let us know how we can assist you in making your workplace, community and state be er. Thanks for your work crea ng a Bicycle Friendly America! The Bicycle Friendly America program is generously supported by Bikes Belong and Trek's One World Two Wheels Program. We also appreciate the vital, ongoing support of so many people who volunteer countless hours to bring the BFA programs to life. 4 American Bicyclist -- Bicycle Friendly America 2010 For more info: www.bikeleague.org