UWM earns bronze as a bike-friendly university

UWM’s Office of Sustainability has made great strides in establishing UWM as a safe and convenient biking destination

The Bicycle Federation of America has named UWM a Bronze-Level Bicycle Friendly University (BFU).

The award recognizes UWM’s commitment to improving conditions for bicycling through investment in biking promotion, education programs, infrastructure and pro-bicycling policies.

The League of American Bicyclists has recognized UWM as a Bike-Friendly University.

“The planning and initiatives of UWM’s Bicycle Advisory Task Force helped our campus make great strides this past year, worthy of such an award,” said Kate Nelson, the university’s chief sustainability officer.

Bicycling is on the rise, especially among young people, who are turning away from cars, according to the league.

The BFU program is designed to encourage this trend.

“As our Bicycle Friendly University program grows, the promise for a more Bicycle Friendly America does too,” said Andy Clarke, president of the league, in a statement announcing UWM’s selection.

“Colleges and universities propel our leaders of the future, and more and more of those students are choosing bicycles as their transportation option of choice,” he added.

UWM is now one of 75 universities in 32 states that have received the BFU designation. The league gives awards at four levels – bronze, silver, gold and platinum. The application process serves as a tool guiding campuses, like UWM, that are improving conditions for bicyclists.

The university has been adding campus biking amenities like this “fixit” station.

UWM is now one of four Wisconsin campuses to earn the BFU designation, joining UW-Madison, UW-Eau Claire and Carroll University. Eau Claire and Carroll were both added at the same time as UWM.

Since 2012, through the efforts of UWM’s Bicycle Advisory Task Force and its Recommendations for a Bicycle Friendly Campus, many new efforts have been under way to encourage and support biking to campus. For more details, see http://www4.uwm.edu/bicycle.

UWM doesn’t plan to stop at bronze, according to Nelson.

“We will go for gold by building on our cross-campus and community collaborations as well as multiple intentional planning efforts connecting commuters and visitors alike to the UWM campus.”