In August 2008, The City of Columbia submitted their application to the League of American Bicycles for designation as a Bicycle Friendly Community. On September 24, 2008, the city received official notice that Columbia had been designated a Bronze Level Bicycle Friendly Community.
Receiving a designation as a "Bicycle Friendly Community" is a designation with real meaning; it is difficult to earn and important to renew. Since the program's inception by the League of American Bicyclists (LAB) in 2003, 245 communities have applied.
In 2012, The City of Columbia applied for renewal to the League of American Bicycles for its Bicycle Friendly Community designation. In May of 2013 the city received official notice that Columbia had once again been designated a Bronze Level Bicycle Friendly Community.
As of January 2013, there were 3 Platinum, 16 Gold, 46 Silver, and 178 Bronze within the United States. Other Bike Friendly Cities within South Carolina are Hilton Head Island -Sliver, Charleston -Bronze, Greenville -Bronze, Rock Hill, - Bronze, Spartanburg -Bronze.
For more information, see the Bicycle Friendly Communities Program.