Bicycle Friendly Communities

The world’s best bicycle friendly community program

Why the world’s best?

Through our partnership with the League of American Bicyclists, CycleLifeHQ is able to assess and, if appropriate, provide accreditation for your community’s level of Bicycle Friendliness. We’re the only licensed certifier able to offer this program in Australia and New Zealand.

The League of American Bicyclists’ Bicycle Friendly Community (BFC) program commenced in 1995 and has received over 1500 applications. There are currently 430 recognized Bicycle Friendly Communities in the U.S and over 100 Honorable Mentions.

This program has now been officially extended outside the U.S/Canada for the first time, to provide communities in Australia and New Zealand the opportunity to benchmark themselves and obtain a roadmap to identify improvements for local and visiting cyclists. Accreditation also recognises and provides further marketing and branding opportunities for those communities performing well for cyclists.

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Bike Friendly Community Score Card CLHQ

Bike Friendly Community Score Card CLHQ

Our Bicycle Friendly Communities (BFC) program provides local governments with advice and feedback, goal setting assistance, training programs and recognition awards to create more bike-friendly communities. It is a results-oriented program designed to encourage municipal decision makers to consider how their existing cycling programs complement one another and how they can be improved.

The Bicycle Friendly Community program provides a roadmap to improving conditions for cycling and guidance to help make your community’s vision for a better, bikeable community a reality.

Key benefits for undertaking a BFC assessment include:

  • opportunity to benchmark and provide a roadmap for success
  • indication of areas for improvement
  • provides further branding and marketing opportunities to position as a bicycle friendly destination, encouraging greater ridership for locals and visitors
  • provides guidance to help make your community’s vision for a better, more bikeable community a reality.

A BFC welcomes cyclists by providing safe accommodations for bicycling and encouraging people to bike for transportation and recreation. Making cycling safe and convenient are keys to improving public health, reducing traffic congestion, improving air quality and improving quality of life.

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“The Bicycle Friendly Community accreditation for has helped to raise Bendigo’s local and national profile as a cycling city and region. The accreditation has provided a great sense of how we are going and provides some clear focus on where we want to improve” – Robert Kretschmer, (former) President, Bike Bendigo


Bicycle Friendly Communities – Australia

Community Rank Award # Bicycle Friendly Business # Bicycle Friendly Schools
Bendigo, Victoria #1 Silver 0 0


Bicycle Friendly Communities – North America

To find a Bicycle Friendly Community in the U.S, please visit the League of American Bicyclists  Bicycle Friendly Program

image credit: Robert Kretschmer, Bike Bendigo

Bicycle Friendly Communities – Consulting Services

In addition to our accredited Bicycle Friendly Community program, we also offer a range of customised services for your community’s bicycle friendliness. Our staff have extensive expertise and background working in the active transport sector and can help with a range of bespoke projects from community engagement and marketing to policy development, research, consultation, and infrastructure planning and assessment.

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