June 10, 2015 - The League of American Bicyclists announced 42 new and renewing Bicycle Friendly Communities (BFC). These new awardees join a leading group of 350 communities in all 50 states that are improving health, safety and quality of life in cities and towns nationwide.
Among the new communities is Norfolk, VA with a Bronze ranking.
"We applaud this new round of communities for investing in a more sustainable future for the country and a healthier future for their residents and beyond," said Andy Clarke, President of the League of American Bicyclists. "The growing number of leaders taking up bicycling as a way of solving many complex community problems is encouraging. We look forward to continuing to work with these communities as we move closer to our mission of creating a bicycle-friendly America for everyone."
The BFC program is revolutionizing the way communities evaluate their quality of life, sustainability and transportation networks, while allowing them to benchmark their progress toward improving their bicycle-friendliness.
Communities must apply to be considered a BFC. The awards are valid for four years. A community must reapply after four years to maintain its status or move up.
The BFC program provides a roadmap for building a Bicycle Friendly Community. Since the program's inception, more than 800 distinct communities have applied and the five levels of the award - diamond, platinum, gold, silver and bronze - provide a clear incentive for communities to continuously improve.