The League of American Bicyclists announced on 8 November that it has recognized Ohio University with a Bronze Level designation on their list of Bicycle Friendly Universities. Ohio University now joins Ohio State Univerity, Kent State University, Oberlin College, and University of Toledo as the 5 Bicycle Friendly Universities in Ohio, all at the Bronze Level.
The OU Office of Sustainability, working with the Campus Bicycle Committee, gathered the data on OU bicycling infrastructure, education programs, and policies and submitted the application for OU to be considered for addition to the Bicycle Friendly University program in August this year.
OU encourages bicycling as an easy option for transportation and provides amenities such as McCracken Hall’s shower and changing room for commuters, and covered bicycle parking at numerous residence halls. In 2017 the university introduced a number of new bicycling initiatives, including the Rebike Program which offers salvaged bicycles for sale to the campus community, and the Bobcat Bike Valet parking service for Saturday afternoon football games at Peden Stadium.
Details of the 2017 additions to the Bike League’s Bicycle Friendly University can be found on their web site:
The Bicycle Friendly University (BFU℠) program recognizes institutions of higher education for promoting and providing a more bikeable campus for students, staff and visitors. The BFU program provides the roadmap and technical assistance to create great campuses for cycling. More details about the Bicycle Friendly University program can be found at: http://www.bikeleague.org/university