The Bicycle Friendly Community (BFC℠) program provides a roadmap to improve conditions for bicycling and the guidance to make a better, bikeable community a reality. The national report included recognition of just seven Texas bicycle-friendly communities including Brownsville, Plano, The Woodlands, Austin, Richardson, Houston and San Antonio!
Each Bicycle Friendly Community recognized by the League is different. Each with their own natural benefits and challenges — from climate and topography to culture and population density. But there are essential elements across five categories — known as the Five E’s — that are consistent in making great places for bicycling.
THE 5 E’S
Engineering: Creating safe and convenient places to ride and park
Education: Giving people of all ages and abilities the skills and confidence to ride+]
Encouragement: Creating a strong bike culture that welcomes and celebrates bicycling]
Enforcement: Ensuring safe roads for all users+]
Evaluation & Planning: Planning for bicycling as a safe and viable transportation option
San Antonio achieved Bronze status leaving room for future improvement, but admirable just the same. For residents of Alteza above the Grand Hyatt, the achievement is a testament to the pedestrian/cycling lifestyle they have come to appreciate in Downtown San Antonio