Universities pass the test for bicycle-friendly status; UW moves up to gold level

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Twenty-five institutions of higher learning earned passing grades to achieve a spot on the League of American Bicyclists list of Bicycle Friendly Universities this fall.

Bike lockers and rooms at UW

Bike lockers and rooms at UW

In addition, eight universities renewed their membership in the program; in seven of those renewals, the universities moved up on the list to either silver or gold level. The University of Washington in Seattle was one of those colleges that moved up to the gold level.

In all, there are 100 bicycle friendly universities scattered across 37 states.

League president Andy Clarke explains the benefits of bicycle-friendly universities:

“Campus leaders are recognizing the immediate and long-term impact that a vibrant bike culture can create for their institutions. We applaud this new round of colleges and universities for investing in a more sustainable future for the country and a healthier lifestyle for their staff, students and surrounding communities.”

What does it take to become a bicycle friendly university? Check out the guidelines to follow.

For instance, bike parking is always a big issue on campus. The University of Washington in Seattle has 5,500 bicycle parking spots divided among bike racks, bike rooms and bike lockers. See the choices at the UW bike parking page.

See also: UW awarded gold bicycle-friendly status


The new and renewed members of the list are:

Gold

Arizona State University
Oregon Health & Science University
University of Maryland,  College Park
Harvard University
University of Oregon
University of Washington,  Seattle
Silver
University of California, Santa Cruz
University of Iowa
Massachusetts Institute of  Technology
East Carolina University
University of North  Carolina – Chapel Hill
Dickinson College
University of Pennsylvania
Yale University
University of Kentucky
University of Vermont
University of La Verne
Bronze
Arkansas State University
Pomona College
Santa Monica College
University of Colorado,  Colorado Springs
University of Northern  Colorado
Savannah College of Art  and Design
Illinois Wesleyan College
University of Missouri,  Kansas City
University of New Mexico
Columbia University
SUNY Stony Brook
Oklahoma State University
University of Oklahoma
Carnegie Mellon University
Montgomery County Community College
Temple University

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