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Guidance for Returning BFC Applicants 

Thank you for your continued participation in the League of American Bicyclists’ Bicycle Friendly Community (BFC) Program!

Renewal Timeline

The Bicycle Friendly Community designation (awarded Bronze or higher) is valid for four years. If your award was designated in 2017, it will be up for renewal in 2021. (Find all 2021 submission deadlines here.) Communities that have made rapid improvements since their previous application are welcome to reapply early, but awarded BFCs are only required to renew once every 4 years to maintain their designation. 

There are no renewal requirements to maintain the Honorable Mention status. Honorable Mention communities will be recognized on the League website for one year following the designation, but the Honorable Mention status does not technically expire. Honorable Mention communities are encouraged to take the time they need to implement improvements recommended in the BFC Report Cards before reapplying to the BFC program with the intention to move up to a Bronze or higher award level. 

Information for Returning Applicants from Fall 2016 or Later - Duplicating Previous Submissions

(Returning to the program from a Spring 2016 or earlier submission? Click here.)

Returning BFC applicants whose most recent application was submitted since Fall 2016 and later may now copy over their previous submission answers into the current online application form, if desired. Please follow the instructions below to duplicate your past submission into the current BFC form online. 

Please note this is a new capability of our online application portal. We welcome your feedback or questions at any time during the renewal process, at bfa@bikeleague.org, to help us improve this guidance or the overall renewal process.

To Copy Your Previous BFC Application into the Current Online BFC Submission Form:

1. When you are ready to start working on your renewal application online, please log in under the same username account that submitted the previous application for your community.  If needed, you can reset the password here, or contact bfa@bikeleague.org to find out what username submitted the previous application, or to request a transfer or update to the email address associated with the older account.

2. Once you are logged in to the correct account, please click the following link to copy over your previous application to the Fall 2022 online BFC form: 

(Link will be added when the Fall 2022 application opens in May 2022).

3. From there, please select the specific year/round your last application was submitted under, from the Program/Round dropdown menu and click ‘Search(you can leave the ‘Form Name’ field blank).  Your original BFC submission from that year/round should then appear. 

4. Click on “Use this Form” next to your older submission name to copy that submission over to the current online application form. 

5. You may now make edits to your current BFC submission. Please note that any questions that have changed format since your last application may not carry responses over, and there may also be new questions and new answer options since your previous submission.  In addition to completing these blank fields on your renewal application, please be sure to carefully review and update all other responses on your application to accurately reflect the current status of bicycle planning, infrastructure, and programming in your community. 

*Please note this link is specific to the Fall 2021 BFC submission form. If you decide to wait to start your renewal application until after the next deadline you will need a new link to copy over your older application to the next round's form.

NOTE: If you’d prefer to start your renewal application from scratch rather than copy over your previous submission, you are welcome to do that at any time by clicking ‘Apply for BFC status’ here: http://apply.bikeleague.org.
 


Please see our BFC FAQs and Resources and BFC Application Process & Criteria for more information, as well as our new ‘BFA Online Application Portal FAQs’ page.


RETURNING BFC APPLICANTS FROM SPRING 2016 OR EARLIER: 

The Bicycle Friendly America program moved to a new online application system in April 2016. If you last applied to the Bicycle Friendly Community program in the Spring 2016 round or earlier, you will need to create a new account to submit your renewal application. 

Click here to create a new account to renew your designation

If your last application was prior to April 2016, please see our blog post announcing the launch of the new application portal to learn more about changes in features of the new online application system.

If you would like a PDF copy of your previous BFC application(s) or feedback report(s), please email us at bfa@bikeleague.org.