Bicycle Friendly Community

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We have a very small staff, so our power comes from members, volunteers, and cyclists just like you. Make a difference in your local community by giving us a bit of your time each year.



3 Foot Passing Law

“The operator of a vehicle overtaking another vehicle shall pass to the left at a safe distance and shall not again drive to the right until safely clear of the overtaken vehicle. When a motor vehicle overtakes and passes a bicycle, three feet or greater is considered a safe passing distance.”

league-logoWhat is a Bicycle Friendly Community?

A community recognized by The League of American Bicyclists as a BFC℠ is one that welcomes cyclists with trails, bike lanes, share the road campaigns, organized rides, Bike to Work Day events and more. A rich matrix of options that recognizes your area’s unique resources, the BFC application evaluates how your community encourages people to bike for transportation and recreation through the five Es: engineering, education, encouragement, enforcement, and evaluation.


Why Become A Bicycle Friendly Community?

The benefits of bicycles in your community are well documented. From reductions in traffic congestion and pollution, to improved public health and citizen mobility - bicycling is a practical, cost-effective solution to many municipal challenges. Cities that integrate bicycles into the fabric of their community enjoy diverse consumer economies and high livability scores. Young people, especially college graduates, are increasingly factoring in transportation options as a determining factor when deciding where they choose to live, and bicycling is becoming a highly desirable mode.

The League of American Bicyclists have developed a program that acts as a road map to help communities improve conditions for bicycling, and provide the necessary guidance to help transform your vision for a more bicycle friendly community into a reality. Click Here To Learn More.


Testimonials -

“It built recognition of what we have done, which helps getting funding for the very long list of what we still have to do. Having the honor actually made it easier for us to give a frank assessment of where we lag and help build political support for future phases.”

—WAYNE FEIDEN, Director of Planning and Development, Northampton, MA

“We knew this recognition would be important to our civic and business leaders, and that the metrics set out in the League’s application would be important measures for us.”

—ALLAN CRAWFORD, Bike Long Beach


Need help?

If you're unsure how to proceed, or simply would like some help completing the application, please contact us and we would be more than happy to walk you through the process.