U of M Named Platinum Bicycle Friendly University by League of American Bicyclists

Last week, the League of American Bicyclists recognized the University of Minnesota with a Platinum Bicycle Friendly University (BFU) award, joining more than 100 visionary colleges and universities from across the country.

“The University of Minnesota is thrilled and honored to receive this award,” said Steve Sanders, Parking and Transportation Services’ alternative transportation manager. “Moving up from our previous Gold designation to Platinum status is exciting for us. Our biking community grows annually and we do our best to respond in kind and to serve their needs. Our population really takes advantage of our amenities, including our on-campus bike center and ZAP! programs.”

This award program provides a clear roadmap to building a Bicycle Friendly University and the application has become a rigorous and educational tool. The four levels of the award – platinum, gold, silver and bronze – provide a clear incentive for universities to continuously improve.

With the announcement of 49 new and renewing BFUs today from 31 states, the U of M is part of a cutting-edge group of colleges and universities across the United States transforming their campuses and the communities around them. There are now 127 BFUs in 42 states and Washington, D.C.

“In its fourth year, we’ve seen the Bicycle Friendly University program reach an exciting level of growth and momentum, as more and more campuses support bicycling in new and innovative ways,” said Amelia Neptune, the League’s Bicycle Friendly University program manager. “From bike storage inside dorm rooms to bicycle-powered music festivals, we applaud this round of BFUs for raising the standard of what a bicycle-friendly campus looks like.”

The University of Minnesota Twin Cities campus is the third largest traffic generator in Minnesota. The U of M’s Parking and Transportation Services department is committed to establishing, maintaining and improving a comprehensive transportation system that reduces congestion, eases accessibility and enhances a friendly university community.

To learn more about the free BFU program and see the full list of winners, visit the League online at www.bikeleague.org/university.

About the Bicycle Friendly America Program
The Bicycle Friendly CommunitySM, Bicycle Friendly StateSM, Bicycle Friendly BusinessSM and Bicycle Friendly University programs are generously supported by program partner Trek Bicycle. To learn more about building a Bicycle Friendly America, visit www.bikeleague.org/BFA

The League of American Bicyclists is leading the movement to create a Bicycle Friendly America for everyone. As leaders, our commitment is to listen and learn, define standards and share best practices to engage diverse communities and build a powerful, unified voice for change.

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