The League of American Bicyclists', Bicycle Friendly Community (BFC) program can be a great tool in helping to improve bicycling conditions in your community, especially if there is already momentum towards becoming more bicycle friendly. The recognition can help highlight the work that is being done to improve bicycling locally, but can also help leverage future support from hesitant community leaders.
Regardless, however, if your community actually is awarded a Bicycle Friendly Community designation, the simple process of filling out the application with fellow cyclists is an educational experience. You may identify simple steps that your community can do to improve cycling that you had not even thought of yet. Some of the questions will require you to reach out to your local transportation and police departments, which will hopefully be the first steps towards a long and beneficial relationship. Likewise, you and other bicyclists in the community can bring this program, particularly the application, to your mayor or county council to educate them and to help initiate positive change in your neighborhood. Whether decisions that affect your bicycle plan, routes, and facilities occur in a township, town, city, or county level, this application can help framework a discussion with your decision makers.
The application is an audit of the engineering, education, encouragement, enforcement and evaluation efforts in your municipality. This comprehensive inquiry is designed to yield a holistic picture of your community's work to promote bicycling. We refer to these sections as the Five Es. For a more detailed description of the Five Es, click here. Assistance in completing the application is available on LAB's resources page.
Get started today at: http://www.bikeleague.org/programs/bicyclefriendlyamerica/communities/
View a map of Bicycle Friendly Communities and Businesses in Michigan.