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FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Fayetteville now has 50 businesses that have been labeled a Bicycle Friendly Business (BFB) by the League of American Bicyclists – the third most of any city in the country.

This week the League honored 13 more businesses in Fayetteville with BFB awards as part of its spring 2023 list. With only 48 U.S. businesses being added to the list this round, Fayetteville businesses made up 27% of the spring cohort.

The announcement comes after Fayetteville was recently named the first Gold-level Bicycle Friendly Community in Arkansas.

“There is always fierce competition among cities to be among the top places with the most BFBs as both a point of pride and to encourage more bicycling tourism,” according to a League news release. “This round, Fayetteville, Arkansas, stood out.”

Family Friendly Trails.
Family Friendly Trails.

The BFB awards recognize an organization’s contributions in shifting up and accelerating the movement to build a Bicycle Friendly America for everyone. There are now 1,582 certified BFBs across the country, including everything from government agencies, Fortune 500 companies, bike shops, and other employers, all united in a commitment to transform American workplaces to be more welcoming to customers and employees who bike.

New Fayetteville businesses include the following at the respective levels:

  • Silver: Columbus House Brewery, Barn on the Hill;
  • Bronze: Staybridge Suites, Subway 11433, Homewood Suites by Hilton, Sleep Inn, Comfort Inn Suites, La Quinta Inn & Suites, Boulders and Brews, Northwest Arkansas Land Trust, Feed and Folly, City Park Fayetteville and Spin.
Biking to the Farmers Market in the Fayetteville Square.
Biking to the Farmers Market in the Fayetteville Square.

The League credited the annual Bicycle Friendly Business Bootcamp workshop for Fayetteville’s increase in BFBs. The workshop was co-hosted by the City of Fayetteville (Silver-level BFB), Experience Fayetteville (Bronze-level BFB), and the Fayetteville Chamber of Commerce (Silver-level BFB).

Dane Eifling, mobility coordinator for the City of Fayetteville, said, “More people bicycling to work means fewer cars on the roads and a healthier workforce to serve our city.”

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To see the complete list of awarded businesses in Fayetteville, go to: https://bikeleague.org/bfa/award-database.

For more information about the League of American Bicyclists and the BFB awards, visit: https://bikeleague.org/bfa/business/.

The following Arkansas Cities have League of American Bicyclists, Bicycle-friendly Businesses:

  • Bentonville – 12 BFBs (2 Platinum, 3 Gold, 1 Silver, 5 Bronze)
  • Conway – 1 BFB (1 Gold)
  • Fayetteville – 50 BFBs ( 1 Platinum, 4 Gold, 12 Silver, 33 Bronze)
  • Hot Springs – 1 BFB (1 Silver)
  • Little Rock – 3 BFBs (1 Silver, 2 Bronze)
  • North Little Rock – 3 BFBs (2 Gold, 1 Bronze)
  • Rogers – 6 BFBs (1 Platinum, 2 Silver, 3 Bronze)
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