The next deadline for applications to be designated as a Bicycle Friendly Community is Friday, August 18. The application form has been amended to include more questions related to access to single-track riding and other mountain bike riding opportunities. New and renewing communities should go to www.bicyclefriendlycommunity.org for more details.
From personal experience, it may be a little late if your own community hasn't started the paperwork process already, but visit the BFC website anyway to get the process rolling for next year. If you are involved in cycling advocacy in any way in your community, the BFC program is a pretty good way to get bicycling on the minds of your city planners.
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