The City of Coralville has been again recognized as a “Bronze-Level” Bicycle Friendly Community (BFC) by the League of American Bicyclists. Coralville has been a Bicycle Friendly Community since 2016, and is one of only eight cities in Iowa awarded a Bicycle Friendly Community status.
The Bronze Level BFC award recognizes Coralville’s commitment to improving conditions for bicycling through investing in bicycling promotion, education programs, infrastructure, and pro-bicycling policies. The BFC program provides a benchmark for communities to evaluate these conditions and policies, while highlighting areas for improvement.
"We are honored to be recognized by the American League of Bicyclists with the Bronze designation. Our staff and volunteers have worked hard to improve access to a variety of riding surfaces, to lead events to teach others about riding for commuting or recreational riding, and to continue to plan for the future of bicycle safely in Coralville," notes Sherri Proud, Director of Parks and Recreation.
Coralville includes bicycling in community development conversations. When new developments are introduced, conversations around routes with both trail and on-street accommodations, directional signage, and end destination services like bicycle parking and showers are discussed between city officials and developers. Understanding the importance of bicycling as an alternative form of transportation has helped Coralville achieve a Bicycle Friendly Community designation.
Since 2003, more than 1,900 communities have applied to the program. As of fall 2021, Coralville is one of 497 certified Bicycle Friendly Communities across all 50 states and the District of Columbia. In 2021, there were 57 new and renewing awardees, and seven honorable mentions. Awarded communities must reapply every four years through a vigorous process.
Find the full list of current Bicycle Friendly Communities by state on the League’s interactive Bicycle Friendly America Awards Map. To learn more about the BFC program, visit bikeleague.org/community.