It’s March Madness at Bicycle Friendly Universities

The NCAA basketball tournament is down to the Final Four, but the bracket of Bicycle Friendly Universities (BFU) is expanding. Today, the League of American Bicyclists advanced nine new universities to the elite ranks of bicycle-friendly campuses. Now in it’s second year, the program has grown to 35 campuses in 21 states. 

With this round of BFU awards, the competition between conferences heats up. The Big Ten added the University of Michigan and continues to lead with seven BFUs. The PAC 12 is a close second with six schools, including the addition this round of Oregon State University. The ACC added four BFU winners, rocketing them to third place with the inclusion of Duke, Georgia Tech, North Carolina State University and the University of Miami

While they’re out of the Big Dance, Duke is taking the lead in bicycling, turning an Honorable Mention in 2011 to a Bronze designation in 2012. 

Also boosting the bicycle-friendliness of the ACC, Georgia Institute of Technology received the highest designation of the round with a Silver award. In addition to regular bicycling classes and rides led by the university president, Georgia Tech took the innovative step of launching the viaCycle campus bike sharing system. 

In the West, Boise State University moved up to a Silver award for a range of impressive programs, including a new Cycle Learning Center. 

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Spring 2012 Awards


  • Boise State University
  • Georgia Institute of Technology
  • Northern Arizona State University
  • Oregon State University
  • Virginia Commonwealth University


  • Duke University
  • North Carolina State University
  • University of Miami
  • University of Michigan
  • University of South Carolina

Honorable Mention:

  • New York University
  • Purdue University
  • Southern Oregon University
  • State University of New York
  • University of Nebraska
  • University of Virginia

BFUs By Conference

  • Big Ten: 7
  • PAC 12: 6
  • ACC: 5
  • Big West: 4
  • CAA: 3
  • BSC: 2
  • AEC: 1
  • Ivy League: 1
  • MWC: 1
  • PAC: 1
  • SEC: 1
  • SoCo: 1
  • UAA: 1
  • WAC: 1


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