It’s not just cities and towns that are recognized for their commitment to cycling, universities and businesses are awarded Bicycle Friendly status from the League of American Bicyclists as well. Recently nine universities and 71 new companies were such awarded by the League.
Yale and Princeton are already among the nation’s elite colleges. Now they’re among the top universities when it comes to bicycling, as the program grows to 44 colleges in 25 states.
At Yale, a new Bronze level BFU, bicycling is on the rise, thanks to both a student and a departmental bike sharing system; "commuter counseling" for the Yale community; an annual Bicyclist Appreciation Breakfast and more.
At Princeton, also a Bronze BFU, new students get information about bicycling in their welcome packets, introducing them to the large network of campus paths, weekly bike maintenance classes, plentiful bike parking, free bike locks and the wide array of U-Bikes and CycLab programs and events.
Also in this round, the University of Utah shot up the ranks to a Silver designation in its first application. With innovative on-road facilities, bicycle-related academic course offerings, a successful anti-theft campaign, on-campus bike rental and bike collective, and a wealth of pro-cycling policies, the Utes aren’t stopping at Silver.
The BFU program provides the roadmap and technical assistance to create great campuses for cycling. To apply or learn more, visit www.bikeleague.org/university.
The League of American Bicyclists also recognized businesses for their role in pedaling America toward greater prosperity and making their businesses welcoming to bicyclists. Headlined by iconic companies like Facebook, Apple, Inc., and the Hewlett-Packard Company, this round of awards pushes the total number of BFBs to nearly 500 businesses in 42 states and the District of Columbia.
Bicycle-friendly businesses encourage a more bicycle-friendly atmosphere for employees and customers alike. Through cost-effective investments, BFBs attract, reward and retain staff that are not only healthier and happier, but more productive, driven and passionate about the work they do and the communities they live in.
Award winners in this round include:
- Facebook (Gold)
- Apple, Inc. (Silver)
- Burton Snowboards (Silver)
- Hewlett-Packard Company (Silver)
- Amway (Bronze)
- Angie’s List (Bronze)
- General Mills (Bronze)
- William-Sonoma Inc. (Bronze)
Facebook, a new Gold-level BFB, is just one of the growing number of household names that has taken steps to encourage bicycling as a means to enhance the workplace, contribute to the community and improve their overall earnings.