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League of American Bicyclists

Stanford Joins Leading Universities Honored for Their Support of Bicyclists

03.09.2011
Washington, DC

Award-winning companies show that being bicycle-friendly is good for business

The first-ever Bicycle Friendly University designations will be announced this week at the National Bike Summit. Among the 32 universities that applied, 20 are receiving designations, with Stanford University earning the only platinum-level award. The program recognizes colleges and universities that create exceptional environments where bicycling can thrive and provides a roadmap and technical assistance to create great campuses for bicycling.

"Universities have long served as incubators for developing bike-friendly cultures and practices, and that has a big impact on the expectations that students bring to the workplace and beyond," said Bill Nesper, director of the League's Bicycle Friendly America Program. "With the launch of the Bicycle Friendly Universities program, we're able to highlight the crucial role that academic institutions play in shaping a more bike-friendly future."

This first class of BFUs shows the wide variety of ways to promoting bicycling on campus from great bicycling facilities like those at UC-Davis and safe, convenient bike parking at the University of Minnesota, to incentive programs for students and staff to ride at Emory University. Stanford University stands out for their breadth of programs, including: a great cycling network, education programs like the Bike Safety Dorm Challenge, and bicycling incentive programs that resulted in an extraordinary number of people biking for transportation and recreation. Currently, 21.7 percent of people at Stanford commute by bike.

"We view this less as the finishing point of our efforts than as the new starting line," said Brodie Hamilton, Stanford University Director of Parking & Transportation Services. "The many departments that contribute to Stanford's overall bicycle program intend to make even greater progress in the years ahead to create a safer and more sustainable environment for our community through improvements for bicyclists and all road users."

Efforts to welcome and support bicycling can be as simple as offering secure bike parking or organized rides to get folks together on bikes. Businesses across the country are seeing that there is a good return on investment in promoting bicycling in the workplace including improved morale and health, reduced parking costs and promoting a healthy and sustainable lifestyle to customers and employees.

Also, 55 new Bicycle Friendly Businesses from restaurants to law firms will be receiving awards at this year's summit. USAA, which is receiving the silver-level designation, has experienced how bicycling can transform a workplace and surrounding community.

"USAA promotes safe cycling as an element of our overall sustainability and wellness strategies. The remarkable results we have seen in positive environmental impacts generated by our employees are mirrored by the positive wellness gains made." - from their 2011 application.

USAA offers employees a commute reductions reward program allowing cyclists to earn rewards at more than 100 local and national vendors. As the largest private employer in San Antonio and an active participant in local planning meetings, they are part of the transformation bringing San Antonio to the bronze-level Bicycle Friendly Community.

Promoting bicycling is a simple solution to many challenges we face as a nation - improving sustainability, physical activity and quality of life. The League of American Bicyclists' Bicycle Friendly America program has helped communities, businesses, states and now universities improve conditions for bicycling, creating the types of places where people want to live, work and visit.

Applying for BFU and BFB recognition is easy and free. Applicants receive technical assistance from the League staff as well as tools to evaluate and assess their bicycle friendliness through the application process. The applications and resources are available online at www.bikeleague.org.

The Bicycle Friendly Business and Bicycle Friendly University programs are generously supported by program partners Bikes Belong and Trek Bicycle's One World, Two Wheels Campaign.

The full list of winners can be seen here. For more information, contact Meghan Cahill at 202.621.5452 or meghan@bikeleague.org.

The League of American Bicyclists promotes bicycling for fun, fitness and transportation, and works through advocacy and education for a bicycle-friendly America. The League represents the interests of America's 57 million bicyclists, including its 300,000 members and affiliates. For more information or to support the League, visit www.bikeleague.org.

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