The Town of Hilton Head Island is recognized as one of The top 25 bicycle-friendly communities in the United States and one of 21 to achieve the Gold Level Bicycle Friendly Community (BFCsm) award from the League of American Bicyclists. The Town is the only Gold Level community in the Southeast and only one of two on the East Coast to receive this designation.The Gold Level distinction recognizes the Town's commitment to improving conditions for bicycling through its investment in bicycling promotion, education programs, infrastructure and pro-bicycling policies. Earning the award was a collaborative effort between the Town, The Bicycle Advisory Committee and the Hilton Head Island-Bluffton Chamber of Commerce. The BFC application effort had considerable volunteer support from the local cycling community. The Town has held Silver-Level BFC status since 2011. The Gold-Level status will be valid through 2019.