Campus status upgraded to silver for bike-friendliness

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Bicyclists commuting to work in New York head for the Brooklyn Bridge. The crowded intersection of Jay Street and Tillary Street in Downtown Brooklyn is a challenging crossing for people pushing pedals.

UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS (WCIA) — UIUC’s commitment to a bike-friendly environment has paid off with a new designation from the League of American Bicyclists.

It’s been named a Silver Bicycle Friendly University (BFU). It’s one of more than 200 colleges and universities recognized nationally and one of 94 with silver-level or better status. The UIUC campus has maintained a bronze-level BFU since 2011.

The BFU program evaluates efforts to promote bicycling in five areas:

  • Engineering
  • Encouragement
  • Education
  • Enforcement
  • Evaluation/planning

Some of the university’s recent initiatives contributing to the upgraded certification include:

  • The publication of the 2014 Campus Bike Plan
  • Bike path and bike lane improvement projects
  • Bike rack parking upgrades and additions
  • The launch of the Bike at Illinois website
  • The start of VeoRide bike-sharing in 2018
  • The improvement of bike route networks through MCORE

“Just as applying to a college or university requires self-reflection, self-evaluation, and meeting rigorous standards, so too does applying for and attaining Bicycle Friendly University status.”

Encouraging bicycling on campus and reducing carbon emissions from commuting and fleet transportation is a major theme of the Illinois Climate Action Plan (iCAP), which includes future objectives for new and improved bike infrastructure.

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