The League of American Bicyclists on Thursday announced that Boise State is again among the national honorees in its Bicycle Friendly Universities program, which recognizes colleges and universities that create exceptional environments where bicycling can thrive. Successful schools also provide a roadmap and technical assistance to create great campuses for bicycling.
Boise State received a Silver Award, a step up from the Bronze it received last year. Now in its second year, the program recognized 35 universities in 21 states. Awards were given in platinum, gold, silver and bronze categories.
“Many people at Boise State are working diligently to break down barriers to bicycling to and from campus and we can all be proud of the League’s recognition of our efforts,” said Casey Jones, director of Transportation and Parking Services.
Boise Sate’s move up to Silver is in recognition of a range of impressive programs, including the new Cycle Learning Center. Started in 2002, the program expanded and moved to its new location in the Lincoln Avenue Parking Garage in summer 2011. A partnership of Transportation and Parking Services and University Health and Recreation, the center is a centralized source for basic bicycle repair services, instructional clinics and alternative transportation information.
Among Boise State’s other winning bicycle-friendly attributes are:
- 2,677 bike racks on campus and an online map for users
- Bike Barns in the Brady Street and Lincoln Avenue parking garages, each with the capacity to store 65 bikes on special racks in a gated, weather-protected area
- A Bike Barn in the Kinesiology Annex with the capacity to store 50 bikes
- A Bike Corral that encourages football fans to ride to Bronco Stadium and take advantage of valet and security services
- Two free compressed air stations, located at the Rec Center and the Cycle Learning Center
- Cycle Learning Center resources ranging from workshops on basic mechanics to products such as tubes and slime
- Showers, lockers and towels available post-ride in the Recreation Center
- Annual Community Bicycle Congress
- A bike fix-it station located in the Brady Street Garage
- Bike lanes and sharrows (shared lanes) on campus