LAB Bicycle Friendly Universities

LAB BFU

With two kids already enrolled in college and another headed that way in the not too distant future, the recent release of the first-ever League of American Bicyclists’ Bicycle Friendly Universities list is timely for our family. From the LAB website:

The Bicycle Friendly University (BFU) program recognizes institutions of higher education for promoting and providing a more bicycle-friendly campus for students, staff and visitors. The BFU program provides the roadmap and technical assistance to create great campuses for cycling. The first round of Bicycle Friendly Universities were announced at the National Bike Summit.

View the BFU Master Award List

5 Responses to “LAB Bicycle Friendly Universities”

  • Nick says:

    Well they’re not on the list but TCU gave my daughter a bike for the semester just for the asking. That’s pretty darn friendly.

  • Mike Shoup says:

    It blows my mind that more universities aren’t bicycle friendly. Seems like a great place to start encouraging folks to welcome cycling as a transportational tool.

  • Kyle says:

    This is a thought that’s been on my mind recently: I fee like there is a difference between “bicycle-friendly” and just plain “bikeable.” I live very near one of the top-rated Universities on that list, but find it to be merely bikeable, rather than bike-friendly. I ride through campus several times a week on my commute, and find it frustrating the majority of the time.

    Other path users tend to travel in large packs that will not yield to faster traffic, or on their cell-phones and swerving across the entire path. And the paths cut haphazardly through campus, an afterthought added after buildings, roads and sidewalks.

    However, the majority of students live very nearby, and the weather is almost always perfect for biking, so the university wins an award for being “Bicycle-Friendly.” Now if only that were reflected in the cyclists attitudes, and not merely a coincidence of climate…

  • Cullen says:

    I’m not at all surprised to see Wisconsin’s UW-Madison on the list.

    Does the color-coding have any meaning?

  • RDHD says:

    Kudos to my alma mater (the U-Dub) getting a silver rating. Though when I was there I would have called it gold at least. You can bike all over campus and there were bike racks everywhere–heck the railing around the outdoor public space at my dorm seemed tailor-made for locking up 100s of bikes. Plus since you’re in the middle of Seattle, you could just bike around the city.

    That said, up until recently I taught at a little liberal-arts college here in the east that was just miserable. A couple bike racks and almost exclusively located in areas chained off to ped access. Huh?

    rdhd

 
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