MISSOULA – More and more people are getting on bikes, and colleges such as the University of Montana are leading the way to make riding safer and more convenient on campus.
The League of American Bicyclists announced the latest round of Bicycle Friendly Universities, and UM has been named to the gold level. The gold award recognizes UM’s commitment to improving conditions for bicyclists through investment in bicycling promotion, education programs, infrastructure and pro-bicycling policies.
“The University of Montana has just improved a connection to the riverfront trail system, making it easier and safer to connect to campus by bike,” ASUM Office of Transportation Director Nancy Wilson said.
“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,” said Andy Clarke, president of the League of American Bicyclists. “We commend universities, like University of Montana, who are leading the way to a healthier, more sustainable future.”
According to Clarke, the program is revolutionizing the way universities evaluate their efforts in sustainability, transportation options and quality of life, while allowing administrators to benchmark their progress toward improving their bicycle friendliness. There now are 75 Bicycle Friendly Universities in 32 U.S. states and Washington, D.C.
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 about the BFU program, visit http://bikeleague.org/bfa.