Just six months after Eastern Mennonite University received its Bronze Level designation, James Madison University rises to the occassion. Kudos to the students, staff, and administration who helped to make this achievement possible. The future looks even brighter for bicycling in the ‘burg! From the League of American Bicyclists:
Bicycling is booming, and more and more young people are getting on their bikes instead of in their cars. That’s thanks in part to universities like James Madison University (JMU) taking steps to make riding safer and more comfortable for students, faculty, staff and visitors to its campus. Today, the League of American Bicyclists announced the latest round of Bicycle Friendly Universities (BFU) and JMU has been named a Bronze level BFU.
“College campuses are natural places to integrate bicycling — and JMU recognizes the small steps needed to make bicycling a safe and easy option for students and staff,” said League President Andy Clarke. “Young people are driving less and riding more, and JMU has embraced that trend.”
The BFU program is revolutionizing the way universities evaluate their efforts in sustainability, transportation options, and campus dwellers’ quality of life, while allowing administrators to benchmark their progress toward improving their bicycle-friendliness. With this impressive round, there are now 58 BFUs in 30 states across America. The Bronze BFC award recognizes JMU’s commitment to improving conditions for bicycling through investment in bicycling promotion, education programs, infrastructure and pro-bicycling policies.
“JMU recognizes the need to not only make improvements in bicycle infrastructure, education and a safety on campus, but also to build key connections to the City of Harrisonburg’s bicycle lanes that approach the campus.”
The BFU program provides a roadmap to building a Bicycle Friendly University and the application has become a rigorous and educational tool, and the five levels of the award – diamond, platinum, gold, silver and bronze – provide a clear incentive for universities to continuously improve.
To learn more about the free BFU program, visit bikeleague.org/university.
About the Bicycle Friendly America Program
The Bicycle Friendly Community, Bicycle Friendly State, Bicycle Friendly Business and Bicycle Friendly University programs are generously supported by program partners Bikes Belong and Trek Bicycle’s One World, Two Wheels Campaign. To learn more about building a Bicycle Friendly America, visit http://www.bikeleague.org/programs/bicyclefriendlyamerica/
The Northend Greenway and Shenandoah Valley Bicycle Coalition are members of the League of American Bicyclists, a national organization that 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, visit www.bikeleague.org.