As Washington continues to lead the nation as the #1 Bicycle Friendly State in the US, the League of American Bicyclists has announced that the University of Washington is being upgraded from Silver level Bicycle-Friendly University to Gold.
The Leauge examines 5 different categories to determine where communities, states, businesses, and universities stand: engineering, education, encouragement, enforcement, and evaluation.
UW efforts to promote cycling on campus include self-service bicycle repair stations, a multitude of bike parking spaces throughout campus including bike rooms, lockers, and houses, and access to showers and clothes lockers for bicycle commuters.
In honor of this designation League of American Bicyclists President Andy Clarke will present the Gold award to UW Associate Vice President for Facilities Services Charles Kennedy Thursday, Oct. 30, in Architecture Hall on the UW campus at 7:00pm. The event kicks off UW’s annual November “Ride in the Rain” bike commute challenge. The event is free and open to the public.
A panel of speakers will discuss the role of universities as in the creation of bicycle friendly communities: Seattle Department of Transportation Director Scott Kubly, Cascade Bicycle Club Executive Director Elizabeth Kiker, and Nancy Rottle from the Green Futures Research and Design Lab.
Not only has UW been recognized by the League but four Washington Businesses are being recognized as Bicycle Friendly.
Bicycle Friendly Businesses — New in 2014
- Pacific Northwest National Laboratories, Richland, @PNNLabs
- Corpore Sano Physical Therapy, Kenmore
- Whatcom Council of Governments, Bellingham
- Greenies, Richland, @GreenieLife
Bicycle Friendly Universities
- University of Washington, Bothell, @UWBothell
Congratulations to these universities and businesses for contributing to our ever-growing bicycle friendly state!
For a complete list of Bike Friendly communities, businesses, and universities around the state head to our Bicycle Friendly Washington page. Past recipients update their information on a three-year cycle; Bicycle Friendly Community and State rankings are announced each spring.