“The Bicycle Friendly Community Award (BFC) Program was launched by the Share the Road Cycling Coalition in Canada in August 2010 in partnership with the Washington based League of American Bicyclists. The BFC Program provides incentives, hands-on assistance, and award recognition for communities that actively support bicycling.”
“Communities complete a thorough application and are judged in five categories often referred to as the Five ‘Es’. A community must demonstrate achievements in each of the five categories in order to be considered for an award on the Bronze, Silver, Gold or Platinum level.”
The 5 ‘E’ Categories of a Bicycle Friendly Community:
ENGINEERING – Communities are asked about what is on the ground; what has been built to promote cycling in the community
EDUCATION- The questions in this category are designed to determine the amount of education there is available for both cyclists and motorists
ENCOURAGEMENT – Questions concentrate on how the community promotes and encourages bicycling
ENFORCEMENT – The enforcement category contains questions that measure the connections between the cycling and law enforcement communities
EVALUATION & PLANNING – Here the community is judged on the systems that they have in place to evaluate current programs and plan for the future
BikeBrampton has advocated and supported City of Brampton, which was designated a “Bicycle Friendly Community” with Bronze status in April 2014. Share the Road Press Release
It doesn’t end there! Brampton must strive to maintain its position and continue on its path toward Silver.
As of spring 2018, there are now 40 Bicycle Friendly Communities in Ontario.