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How Bikeable is Your Community?
How Bikeable CAN it be?
Bicycle Friendly Community
Introducing the Bicycle-Friendly Community awards program, a program that recognizes municipalities that actively support bicycling. Apply online at:
www.bicyclefriendlycommunities.org
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Think about it. When was the last time you rode a bike in your community or let your kids ride theirs? What was it like? Were there bike lanes? Was the air clean? Were drivers mindful of those on two wheels instead of four? Were they sharing the road?

If you've been noticing problems in your community, it's time to start talking solutions. Rate your neighborhood with our Bikeability Checklist. Target areas of improvement. Get motivated by the success stories from cities and communities who have implemented remarkable bicycling safety and helmet safety programs and created morebikeable streets. Learn how you can enlist the support of others and initiate change in YOUR community. Then, measure your program success.


Follow these next steps in the advocacy process:

 
Initiate Change - Find out how to organize and grow your bicycle advocacy organization, acquire resources, work with the media and community leaders and choose issues.
     
 
Sustaining and Growing - Find out the tricks of the membership and fundraising trade. Computers, staff, volunteers and members can all play important roles in sustaining the life of your efforts.


  Also in Community Problems & Solutions
The Bicycling Community - Links to national bicycle advocacy organizations.
   
Information Clearinghouse - Send your questions to our network of technical experts.
   
Community Toolbox - The National Park Service's Rivers, Trails and Conservation Assistance (RTCA) program has produced the Community Toolbox, a set of techniques for project development and community participation.
   
Featured site: International Walk to School in the USA - Each October, the US joins more 35 countries around the world to celebrate International Walk to School. Learn more about this great event!
   
  Related topics in other sections
 
Education and Enforcement - Educate people in your community about the importance of bicycling.