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& PROGRESS POSSIBILITIES Creang a Bicycle Friendly America by Bill Nesper, Director, Bicycle Friendly America Program T he message is clear – give people the places and confidence to ride and they will. It’s not just planum Bicycle Friendly Communies who are experiencing a bicycling boom. In addion to the explosive growth in bike commung 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, communies and states have tapped into America’s growing demand for cycling and responded with concrete acons to improve condions. The Bicycle Friendly America program is a resource for these 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. The most recent data from the 2009 Naonal 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 commung over the last eight years and a nearly 70 percent increase in Bicycle Friendly Communies – communies that answer the underlying demand by beer accommodang and promong cycling. SPREADING THROUGH THE CITIES 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. It is inspiring to partner with folks across the country by providing assistance and resources to help communies 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 communies – averaging two per day. Through these connecons and partnerships we are able to share best pracces and empower cies to become great places for cycling. In the summer of 2008, for example, we led a BFC Workshop in Greenville, S.C. with an enthusiasc group of city staff, 2 American Bicyclist — Bicycle Friendly America 2010 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. local cyclists, and business representaves. By the end of the day, there was an acon plan and goal to be recognized as a BFC in 2009. “Hosng 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 crical polical and public support for the Bicycle Friendly Community iniave by assisng Greenville in recognizing our past accomplishments and future goals for designaon.” The community went into high-gear to implement the acon plan, forming a Greenville BFC Commiee, passing a Complete Streets resoluon and increasing the amount of bike parking in the community through a development ordinance. By 2009, Greenville had received a Bronze BFC designaon. They have since integrat- For more info:

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