The oldest and only grassroots advocacy organization for bicycling has named the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point a Bicycle Friendly University.
The League of American Bicyclists awarded the university with a bronze level designation in recognition of UW-Stevens Point's achievements in promoting and enabling safe, accessible bicycling on campus. The designation is good through 2024, at which time it may be renewed. The university joins 208 other "Bike Friendly Universities" in 47 states and Washington, D.C.
"This recognition reflects hard work and multiple hours of commitment by students, faculty, and staff to help increase bike visibility as an important transportation and recreational resource on our campus and in our community," said Dave Barbier, UW-Stevens Point's sustainability coordinator. "It also more closely aligns us with the Stevens Point community, which was designated a Bike Friendly Community in 2013."
A Campus Bicycle and Pedestrian Planning Task Force was formed in 2016 and a comprehensive Campus Bike and Pedestrian Master Plan was adopted last spring. Among the bicycle improvements on campus are a bike repair and air pump station adjacent to the Dreyfus University Center, two covered bike parking structures and a website for biking information, www.uwsp.edu/biking. Barbier said he hopes to increase bicycle recourses across campus in upcoming years.
According to the League of American Bicyclists, colleges and universities that invest in bicycling benefit from a decreased carbon footprint, reduced healthcare costs, a stronger community connection and a fun and healthy campus culture. To learn more, visit the League online at www.bikeleague.org/university.