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University of Florida Awarded Silver Status in Bicycle Friendly Universities

John Murphy, January 05, 2017

On November 29, the League of American Bicyclists announced 51 new and renewing Bicycle Friendly Universities℠ (BFUs)  from 25 states, There are now 164 BFUs in 44 states and Washington, DC, a cutting-edge group of colleges and universities across the United States transforming their campuses and the communities around them.

List of 2016 awardees | All BFU Awardees to date

“In its fifth year, we’ve seen the Bicycle Friendly University program’s momentum continue to grow and reach even more campuses across the country,” said Bill Nesper, Programs Director. “We applaud this round of BFUs for raising the standard and being innovative in making bicycling a safe, convenient and enjoyable option for students, staff and visitors alike.”

States with multiple BFUs

This round saw several states with multiple Bicycle Friendly Universities, including Florida with one renewing and three new BFUs. Georgia had three, with one new and two renewing at higher levels. Illinois led the country this round with one renewing and five new BFUs.

One of the new BFUs from Illinois is Northwestern University, in Evanston, IL, which was awarded Silver status. According to Julie Cahillane of Northwestern’s Office of Sustainability, “We are constantly working to support the City of Evanston’s designation as a Silver Bicycle Friendly Community. We are a fortunate university to be located in Evanston and we work to engage the university within the community as best as possible. This means supporting their leadership as a top rated bicycling community and working to make sure that Northwestern’s campus works towards the same goals of creating the best accommodations possible to encourage bicyclists.” One way Northwestern worked toward these goals was to work with the city to bring three Divvy bikeshare stations to campus.

BFUs in large and small universities

BFUs come in all sizes. This year, the University of Florida in Gainesville, FL, with over 52,000 students, achieved Silver status. The university is particularly proud of their Gator Gears Student Bike Rental Program, a semester long rental model that provides students with a bicycle, helmet and lock. The program began in Fall 2015 with 100 bikes and has been so popular with students that an additional 100 bikes have been acquired for Fall 2016. According to Jacob Adams of the university’s Office of Sustainability, Gator Gears is “an innovative and cost effective program designed to provide a great cycling experience for students, showing them the value of cycling as a viable alternative form of transportation. The program aims to turn its participants into cyclists who appreciate the value and usefulness of a high quality, well-maintained bicycle.” awarded silver status in Bicycle Friendly University program

Dec 1st, 2016

December 1, 2016 On November 29, the League of American Bicyclists announced 51 new and renewing Bicycle Friendly Universities℠ (BFUs)  from 25 states, There are now 164 BFUs in 4

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