In 2018 Anna was responsible for the assessment of Bendigo, Victoria as Australia’s first successfully accredited Bicycle Friendly Community (BFC).
In undertaking this assessment and awarding accreditation, Anna worked closely with local Government representatives and community stakeholder groups to obtain comprehensive and detailed information across a number of sectors – Education, Engineering, Encouragement, Enforcement and Evaluation. The initiative was enabled via partnership with the well established and reputable program of the League of American Bicyclists.
A BFC welcomes cyclists by providing safe accommodations for bicycling and encouraging people to bike for transportation and recreation. Making cycling safe and convenient are keys to improving public health, reducing traffic congestion, improving air quality and improving quality of life.
The BFC program provides a roadmap to improving conditions for cycling and guidance to help make a community’s vision for a better, bikeable community a reality.
The benefits of a BFC assessment include:
- opportunity to benchmark and provide a roadmap for success
- indication of areas for improvement
- provides further branding and marketing opportunities to position as a bicycle friendly destination, encouraging greater ridership for locals and visitors
- provides guidance to help make your community’s vision for a better, more bikeable community a reality.
“The Bicycle Friendly Community accreditation for has helped to raise Bendigo’s local and national profile as a cycling city and region. The accreditation has provided a great sense of how we are going and provides some clear focus on where we want to improve” – Robert Kretschmer, (former) President, Bike Bendigo