UNM Named Bronze Level Bicycle Friendly University by the League of American Bicyclists
October 27, 2014 - Dorene DiNaro
The University of New Mexico was recently recognized with a Bronze level Bicycle Friendly University (BFU) award from the League of American Bicyclists, joining 100 other visionary colleges and universities from across the county.
UNM joins a cutting edge group of colleges and universities from across the United States who are committed to transforming their campuses and the communities around them. There are currently 37 BFUs in our country.
“Campus leaders are recognizing the real-time and long-term impact that a culture of bicycling can create,” said Andy Clarke, President of the League of American Bicyclists. “We applaud this new round of colleges and universities for investing a more sustainable future for the country and a healthier future for their staff, students, and surrounding communities.”
The University encourages bicycling as an easy option for transportation and provides amenities such bike storage lockers and bike repair shop on the UNM campus. The lockers are convenient and much cheaper than the cost of a UNM parking space.
“Recognition by the League of American Bicyclists is important because it can help inform potential students, faculty and staff of the multiple modes of transportation available to them,” says Alex Andrews, one of the UNM program’s initiators. “Cycling to campus is just one way to enhance their lifestyle while at UNM.”
Moving forward, UNM will have access to a variety of free tools and technical assistance from the League to become even more bicycle-friendly. When colleges and universities invest in bicycling, great things happen including a decreased carbon footprint, reduced healthcare costs, community connectedness and a fun and healthy campus culture.
To apply or learn more about the free BFU program, please visit the League of American Bicyclists.