Better late than never right? Right. Well, as of early November 2017, the “League of American Bicyclists announced 46 new and renewing Bicycle Friendly Universities℠ (BFUs), There are now 182 BFUs in 45 states and Washington, DC, a cutting-edge group of colleges and universities across the United States transforming their campuses and the communities around them.”
This was the first year for a get-together of University Bike Programmers at the ACT Conference, this year in New
Orleans, LA. This conference brought together about 500 people from all over the country and some from overseas to talk about how to get more people to commute to work via modes other than driving themselves in their own motor vehicle (Single-occupancy Vehicles or SOV’s). This is also known as “Transportation Demand Management” and many universities have full-time staff working hard on this to keep their campuses from being overrun with congestion on their roads searching for parking spots. Some universities, which were blessed with lots of property, are just beginning to discover that there are long-term and very expensive consequences to continue to build out that property with surface parking lots or multi-story ramps/ garages. You might consider joining ACT and beefing up the membership with people who believe in bicycling as one of the cheapest “dates” in the arsenal of ways to reduce the headaches related to SOV’s on our campuses.
Anyway, below are some photos I shot during our get-together of approx. 20 people. You might recognize some familiar faces!
Many more bike-related photos that I shot during the conference can be found on Facebook here.
Tuesday evening Social get-together – Time – place TBD
We’re planning an informal after all the other parties, so if you’d like to meet and network with other higher ed bike people adding your name/ email to the poll below and we’ll make sure you get the info. on where/ when we’ll be getting together when everyone else is emailed.
According to our host, Aaron Goldbeck, Bicycle Coordinator UMD, “Probably the best way to get there is to take the Metro to College Park and then use our bikeshare to get to campus. That is exactly what we are doing for the mobile workshop, so assuming that everyone coming to this meeting has done the workshop it should be pretty easy.”
Bicycle Friendly University Showcase Poster Sessions
The 2017 National Bike Summit will highlight innovative transportation research and bicycle-friendly programs and initiatives from bicycle-friendly campuses across the country. Colleges and Universities that participate in the League’s Bicycle Friendly University program are invited to present a poster showcasing their efforts and achievements.
POSTER SESSION DETAILS
All posters will be presented twice during the 2017 National Bike Summit:
Monday, March 6, 3:30-5:00pm
Renaissance Hotel & Conference Center (Room TBA)
RSVP: http://sched.co/9cgt Poster set up: 3:15-3:30pm
Wednesday, March 8, 1:30-2:30pm
Rayburn Foyer, Rayburn House Office Building, Washington, DC 20515
RSVP: http://sched.co/95Ri Poster set up: 1-1:30pm
Questions? Contact AMELIA NEPTUNE Program Manager, Bicycle Friendly Business & University AMELIA@BIKELEAGUE.ORG | 202-621-5457
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.