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.
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: