Joe Hayes, Asst. Director, Missouri Student Unions, has posted a recap of the recent (May 23rd) online/ phone discussion titled “Hot Topics Round-Table: Bicycle Resource Centers and the College Union” in The Commons of the Association of College Unions International website. Participants quoted in the recap represented the following schools: University of California–Davis, Bowdoin College, University of Missouri, University of British Columbia, Portland State University. If you are interested in hearing more of the discussion, a video of the program is available here.
Alta Planning, a leading consulting firm in N. America, published an excellent paper on best practices in campus bike facilities planning. Take a look at the PDF report here. Alta’s mission is to create active communities where bicycling and walking are safe, healthy, and fun. Nice that university-related bike programming is growing as a subject of research.
Washington, D.C. – March 29, 2012 - The NCAA basketball tournament is down to the Final Four, but the bracket of Bicycle Friendly Universities (BFU) is expanding. Today, the League of American Bicyclists advanced nine new universities to the elite ranks of bicycle-friendly campuses.
“As universities compete for students and status, becoming more bicycle-friendly is a winning strategy that energizes and invigorates staff and the student body, not just in March, but year-round,” said Andy Clarke, President of the League of American Bicyclists. “By making cycling safe and enjoyable, BFUs are both educating and empowering the next generation to adopt smarter, healthier transportation habits that will last a lifetime.”
Third Gathering of the Univ. Bike Programmers @ the 2012 National Bike Summit
A small group of us gathered during the Natl. Bike Summit, Mar. 21st at Fausto Coppi’s Organic Restaurant one of the only bike-themed restaurants I’ve ever visited, and not just any bike theme but historic Italian racing theme after the late Italian legend Fausto Coppi. The place is decorated with old-school bike racing photos and memorabilia.
October 7, 2011
Bicycle Friendly Universities Revolutionize Campus Bicycling Culture
Six New Universities are Honored
Washington, D.C. – October 10, 2011 –
The League of American Bicyclists is announcing six new Bicycle Friendly Universities (BFU) today at the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) conference in Pittsburgh, Pa. “We are pleased to see that so many of our great higher education institutions – large and small – are stepping up to meet the challenges of sustainability, safety and health, and they are doing so with the help of the Bicycle Friendly Universities program,” said Andy Clarke, president of the League. “College campuses across the country are offering students and faculty a higher quality of life as a result.” The BFU program recognizes institutions of higher education for promoting and providing a more bicycle-friendly campus for students, staff and visitors. The six new BFUs complete a successful inaugural year for the BFU program. There are now 26 BFUs in 20 states that are encouraging students and staff to travel to and on their campuses on bicycles.
Read the full press release here.
A small group of us were at the National Bike Summit last week for the first round of Bike Friendly University awards. Ariadne Scott from Stanford, David Takemoto-Weerts from UC- Davis, Beverly Malone from U-Maryland and Gus Gosselin from MSU (co-founder of the MSU Bike Project which evolved into MSU Bikes).
Ariadne and I are now on the League’s Bike Friendly America advisory group and attended their annual meeting while in DC. The group is very interested in reaching out to more universities to encourage more of them to pursue the 5 “E”s of a Bike Friendly University. I plan to organize a phone conference soon to discuss this and other issues.
Photo courtesy Chris Eichler, League of American Bicyclists
Article by Tim Potter, MSU Bikes.
A small group of our network members had a very info-packed meeting on Sept. 13 before the Pro-Walk/ Pro-Bike conferencegot started in Chattanooga, TN. Our notes from that meeting are here. Other files from the conference have been added to our Yahoo group Files section in a folder named ‘ProWalk-ProBike Conference’.
Photos that I took during the conference can be viewed here:
- Campus Bike Programmer’s Meeting
- Chattanooga Riverfront Park Ride
- Gala event
- Misc. People & Bikes
- Riding Around Chattanooga
- Other Highlights (new products, other vendors, etc.)
One of the more impactful sessions I attended that would be of special interest to our network was about the dearth of college level course work in the field of Bicycle and Pedestrian Design or any aspect of bicycle and pedestrian issues. Here are some links to more info. for the presenters of that session plus a link to a longer list of other instructors around the country:
- Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center’s Bicycle and Pedestrian Planning Course for Graduate Students
- Federal Highway Administration’s University Course on Bicycle and Pedestrian Transportation
Contact: Laura Sandt, Associate Director, email@example.com , UNC Highway Safety Research Center in Chapel Hill, NC
Other university Course Instructor Contacts
That weekend was selected for our conference due to two other big bike events happening at Davis: 1st, the City of Davis is celebrating their Centennial with some very coolhistorical bike displays and programming, and 2nd, Davis hosted the U.S. Bicycling Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony for the Class of 2008 & banquet on Sun. Nov. 2nd. This was the first time the induction ceremony was held in the western United States. The keynote speaker was none other than one of America’s strongest (current) bike racers, Levi Leipheimer.
Keynote speaker Levi Leipheimer giving his remarks at the HOF ceremony/ banquet. Click the pic or here for more pics from that event.
Click here or the pic for more from the California Bicycle Museum’s Davis exhibit.
Our first-ever conference went swimmingly well in the Capitol of USA Bicycling, Davis, CA. (Click here to go to the conference PR page archive if you’re interested in the details of that conference). Click here for the conference report (PDF).
We split our time between the UC Davis Bike Barn (the oldest university-operated bike program in the USA (maybe the world?) and is undoubtedly the busiest and most advanced) and the UC Davis Transportation and Parking Services conference room. The Bike Barn’s General Manager, Robert St. Cyr, graciously hosted the group despite being very heavily involved in the California Bicycle Museum’s hosting of the US Cycling Hall of Fame induction ceremony on Nov. 2 and the exhibits for the Davis Centennial celebrations.
David Takemoto-Weerts, the Bike Coordinator at Davis, also helped out behind the scenes to make this whole conference possible. Many thanks to both Robert and David for an excellent 1st conference amidst all the hustle and bustle of everything else that happened that weekend!
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