Nov. 18, 2013
The University of Virginia has received a bronze designation in the League of American Bicyclists’ Bicycle Friendly University program.
The award recognizes the university’s efforts to accommodate bicycling as a safe and convenient mode of transportation. UVa. has installed public bicycle maintenance stations, added bicycle racks to university transit buses, worked with the city to create bicycle lanes on streets around the university and has held maintenance workshops.
“It is great to be recognized with a medal from the League of American Bicyclists,” said Rebecca White, Director of the Department of Parking & Transportation for UVa. “But one of the truest values of the Bicycle Friendly University program is that the league provides feedback on how we can continue to improve conditions for bicyclists in various realms like education, infrastructure, safety and planning.”
As part of the program, the league will periodically review the university’s bicycling practices and make recommendations on what can be changed. The first set of recommendations won’t be in for several weeks, White said.
UVa. officials have noted that bicycles are used more now than ever.
“Bicycle parking doubled at Observatory Hill Dinning Hall over the summer,” said Jonathan Monceaux, a transportation demand management professional with Parking and Transportation. “Bicycle parking at Clark Hall is currently being upgraded, and sheltered bicycle parking was built outside the UVa. Medical Center.”
Parking & Transportation has worked with several other departments within the University to make UVa. more accommodating to bicycles. The university has sponsored bicycle commuting classes, bicycle maintenance workshops and offered the Bicycle League’s own Traffic Skills 101 course, all of which were taught by UVa. employee volunteers.
The University of Virginia is now one of 75 Bicycle Friendly Universities in 32 states and Washington, D.C.