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.
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.