Awards and Honors
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The Bicycle Friendly Community (BFC) program provides a roadmap to improve conditions for bicycling and the guidance to make your distinct vision for a better, bikeable community a reality.
A BFC welcomes bicyclists by providing safe accommodations for bicycling and encouraging people to bike for transportation and recreation. Making bicycling safe and convenient are keys to improving public health, reducing traffic congestion, improving air quality and improving quality of life.
Bikes are good for businesses and their employees. Through our Bicycle Friendly Business (BFB?) program, employers are recognized for their efforts to encourage a more welcoming atmosphere for bicycling employees, customers, and the community.
Awarded businesses are recognized in a national press release, through the League's social media, and on our interactive awards map.Deserving businesses are recognized at the Bronze, Silver, Gold and Platinum levels and all applicants receive valuable feedback and assistance in becoming more welcoming to bicycling.
For championing the health and well-being of their communities, five Delaware municipalities last night received the Delaware Recognition for Community Health Promotion from Governor Jack Markell. The ceremony was held at the Sewell C. Biggs Museum in downtown Dover.
The Governor’s Council on Health Promotion and Disease Prevention and the Delaware Coalition for Healthy Eating and Active Living (DE HEAL) recognized the cities of Dover, Newark and Seaford and the towns of Fenwick Island and Smyrna.
Municipal applications were scored based on self-reported assessments of efforts to enhance access to services, encourage positive behavioral changes and improve community health. Healthy efforts demonstrate effective planning and implementing best practices and/or creative and visionary programs to improve physical activity, nutrition/healthy eating, tobacco-free lifestyles, healthy environments and healthy lifestyles and to integrate the needs of individuals with limited mobility and disabilities in neighborhoods, schools and workplaces.]
Communities of all sizes are encourage to apply. We work with large cities and counties as well as small towns and neighborhoods.
To achieve certification through the National Wildlife Federation’s Community Wildlife Habitat program, you must meet two sets of goals.
First, a certain number of homes, schools and common areas must become NWF Certified Wildlife Habitats by providing the 4 basic elements that all wildlife need: food, water, cover and places to raise young. The NWF Certified Wildlife Habitat program also requires sustainable gardening practices such as using rain barrels, reducing water usage, removing invasive plants, using native plants and eliminating pesticides. These requirements are based on population and you can read more here.
We all know where our Main Streets are, but do we know they are and they matter? Whether they are named First Avenue or Water Street or Martin Luther King Boulevard, what they represent is universal. Main Streets are the traditional center for social, cultural, and economic activity for their communities. They are the big stage, the core of the community. Our Main Streets tell us who we are and who we were, and how the past has shaped us. We do not go to bland suburbs or enclosed shopping malls to learn about our past, explore our culture, or discover our identity. Our Main Streets are the places of shared memory where the entire community still comes together to live, work, and play.