Buffalo was named a Bronze level Bicycle Friendly Community (BFC) by the League of American Cyclists as of this week.
The League judges bicycle friendliness based on the “5 E’s”: Engineering, Education, Encouragement, Enforcement, and Evaluation & Planning. Each component is evaluated based on an application submitted by the city in question and assigned a level: Bronze, Silver, Gold, Platinum, or Diamond.
“I’m proud of the progress we’ve made to transform Buffalo into one of the country’s top bike friendly cities,” said Mayor Byron Brown, noting the city’s commitment of doing ten miles per year of bicycle facilities. “By building bike lanes and connecting new and existing ones to neighborhoods, parks and business districts citywide, we are providing residents and visitors with health benefits, while offering economic, environmental and transportation benefits to our entire community.”
The BFC program is transforming the way communities evaluate their quality of life, sustainability and transportation networks, while allowing them to benchmark their progress toward improving their bicycle-friendliness. With this impressive round, there are now 291 BFCs in 48 states across America. The BFC award recognizes Buffalo’s commitment to improving conditions for bicycling through investment in bicycling promotion, education programs, infrastructure and pro-bicycling policies such as Complete Streets.
Recent efforts have paid large dividends. Analysis of the American Community Survey data from the Census on bicycle commuting shows that Buffalo ranks 14th in the nation for total number of bicycle commuters – with an impressive 88% annual growth and an incredible 269% increase since 2000.
Let’s keep it up Buffalo!