University Achieves Silver ‘Bicycle Friendly’ Recognition

The League of American Bicyclists has honored the University with a Silver Bicycle Friendly award for promoting and enabling safe, accessible bicycling on campus.

“Congratulations to the University of Rochester for its inclusion in a select class of 45 new and renewing Bicycle Friendly Universities nationwide,” says League Executive Director Bill Nesper. “The standards for attaining any of the four levels of awards—Bronze, Silver, Gold and Platinum—are very high and require deliberate, determined efforts to earn them. Universities and colleges are in a unique leadership position to help encourage and enable people of all ages—especially young adults—to adopt healthy, sustainable habits that can benefit them throughout their lives.”

The program, which now includes 193 Bicycle Friendly University (BFU) colleges and universities, is part of the League’s larger program and mission to create a Bicycle Friendly America for everyone.

“More than 3.8 million students now attend Bicycle Friendly Universities in 46 states and Washington, DC,” says BFU Director Amelia Neptune. “From large to small, urban to rural, these educational institutions are creating a powerful community of college campuses that model and support the use of bicycles for improving health, sustainability, and transportation options.”

The University first achieved Bronze recognition in 2015 and has made improvements in the last few years to achieve the Silver status. A new bicycle map makes it easier for cyclist to navigate paths and access resources such as repair stations. Transportation and Parking Management also partnered with Well-U to offer bicycling safety and maintenance classes offered during the peak bicycling months April through November.

For more information on biking at the University, including how to save on parking with a UR Connections Bundle package, please visit www.rochester.edu/parking/biking/.

For 138 years, the League of American Bicyclists has been leading the movement to create a Bicycle Friendly America for everyone. Its commitment is to listen and learn, define standards and share best practices to engage diverse communities and build a powerful, unified voice for change. Learn more at www.bikeleague.org.

 

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