Fantastic news to see so many of our members getting national recognition for their hard work making their campuses more bike friendly! 164 universities are recognized now!? Wow!
Here’s an excerpt from the League of American Bicyclists’ press release on Nov. 28, 2016:
“Today, 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.”
As members of the MSU’s Bike Advisory Committee analyzed what made the country’s five platinum-level Bike Friendly Universities so successful it became apparent that MSU needed to get their neighboring communities on board with the same vision to pursue becoming a platinum-level Bike Friendly Community. This led to reaching out to the League of American Bicyclists and deciding to bring one of their staff to the university to meet with the committee and facilitate meetings with neighboring community leaders.
As the cost estimates climbed the idea of turning the visit into a day conference started to come together. Eventually a new concept for a conference, a Bike Friendly America Conference, was hatched and after months of planning and seeking out sponsors, presenters and attendees the 1st ever conference of its type is now history.
The MSU team is now beginning to think about next year and whether to continue the conference on its campus or to encourage other universities to host it. Please contact Tim Potter if you’re interested in possibly hosting the event in 2017.
About twenty of us (including a couple vendors) had a great session at the National Bike Summit this March 2016 thanks to Amelia Neptune, the League of American Bicyclists’ Program Manager for their Bicycle Friendly Business & University programs. Aaron Goldbeck gave one formal presentation on some upcoming new bike programs at the Univ. of Maryland nearby the conference.
Hoping next year’s NBS meeting will be bigger and better! Amelia is excited about the potential.
It’s an exciting morning for 49 universities and colleges around the country who are new and renewing Bicycle Friendly Universities. This new list of BFUs represents a tremendous amount of work by hundreds if not thousands of people in these universities not to mention the monetary investments too in the effort to make campuses more bike friendly and educate the next generation on safe bicycling habits.
We had 55 people (including the 5 presenters) on our first webinar on Wednesday! A smashing success. The technology worked and we covered everything we intended to within the alloted time. We hope that it was helpful for those of our members who are in the middle of considering the different options in starting up a bike “sharing” system or service.
Here are some links to the presentations:
Grace Kyung (formerly of Univ of Illinois – Champaign-Urbana: Presentation (Powerpoint)
This is a free webinar for network members only that will provide an overview of bike sharing, the current state of university campus bike share, new smart lock technologies, and bike share feasibility analysis.
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.
This webinar will not be a sales pitch for products/ services, but an informational session to help our members best understand the current and coming technologies and how/if they might assist our schools expand bicycle use on our campuses. Note: Toole Design Group is providing the webinar infrastructure for this presentation, but note that your email address (required for registration) will not be used for any marketing purposes by Toole Design Group.
It will be recorded and archived for future reference for those who can’t “attend”.
Nice article about one of our newer members, Grace Kyung from Univ. Illinois Urbana-Champaign and her efforts to get stable funding for their bike program:
Congrats to Grace for her efforts there and inspiration for what can be done with enough hard work!