BATON ROUGE, La (LSU News Release) - The League of American Bicyclists has recognized LSU’s flagship campus with a silver Bicycle Friendly University, or BFU, designation. With this designation, LSU is one of only 164 bicycle friendly colleges and universities across the country.
With the announcement of 51 new and renewing BFUs from 25 states, LSU is among a cutting-edge group of colleges and universities across the United States transforming mobility on their campuses and in the communities that surround them.
“In its fifth year, we’ve seen the Bicycle Friendly University program’s momentum continue to grow and reach even more campuses across the country,” said League of American Bicyclists Program Director Bill Nesper. “We applaud this round of BFUs for raising the standard and being innovative in making bicycling a safe, convenient, and enjoyable option for students, faculty, staff and visitors alike.”
In recent years, LSU has made a commitment to making the campus a safer and more enjoyable place to ride bicycles.
“We are working extremely hard to create modern mobility systems that will efficiently move our students, faculty, staff and visitors through campus,” said Tammy Millican, executive director of Facility and Property Oversight.
A few of these efforts include closing off some interior parts of campus to traffic, installing bike racks on all Tiger Trails buses, and investing in hundreds of bike racks for use at most buildings around campus. LSU is also currently working with the Baton Rouge Area Foundation, or BRAF, and other partners to make the Baton Rouge Bike Share program a reality in 2017, including a bike share on the LSU campus itself. LSU will also partner with Bike Baton Rouge to host a campus-wide Bike Month in early 2017
“The silver BFU designation is a wonderful acknowledgement of the ongoing collaborative efforts of many at LSU to make this a more bicycle friendly campus, and of LSU’s larger efforts to support sustainable transportation options for our students, faculty and staff,” said Sarah Temple, manager of Campus Sustainability at LSU. “We’re very proud of everyone’s work to enhance and promote bicycling on campus, and excited to explore new ways to do so in the years to come.”
The League of American Bicyclists is leading the movement to create a “Bicycle Friendly America.” The league is committed to defining standards and sharing best practices to engage diverse communities and build a voice for change.
Learn more about the Bicycle Friendly University program at bikeleague.org/university. Visit www.lsu.edu/sustainability to learn more about LSU Campus Sustainability initiatives and programs.