Top Bike-Friendly College Campuses in the US
As the movement to go green gains traction in the US with more and more students jumping on the environmentally-friendly bandwagon, it’s no wonder that bikes are becoming one of the most popular means of transportation on college campuses across the nation.
Since we recently published a blog post on the advantages of riding bikes in college, we thought it only fair to let you know where you can find some of the most bike-friendly campuses in America.
According to The League of American Bicyclists, which publishes a list of colleges in the US with the most bicycle-friendly campuses, the following schools are your best bets if you are looking for a campus that’s conducive to cycling.
The schools were evaluated on the basis of a number of criteria, including what they have actually built or designed on campus to make it accessible to bikes, the extent of education provided by the school on safe bike-riding habits, the ways in which the school actively promotes bike riding, how local law enforcement is involved in creating a safe environment for bike riders, and the systems the school has in place to evaluate current programs and plan for the future.
Awards were then given to colleges in four levels, ranging from Bronze to Platinum.
Here are some of the top-placing campuses:
|Stanford University||Platinum||Stanford, CA|
|University of California, Davis||Gold||Davis, CA|
|University of California, Santa Barbara||Gold||Santa Barbara, CA|
|California State Long Beach||Silver||Long Beach, CA|
|Colorado State University||Silver||Fort Collins, CO|
|Portland State University||Silver||Portland, OR|
|University of Arizona||Silver||Tucson, AZ|
|University of California, Irvine||Silver||Irvine, CA|
|University of Minnesota, Twin Cities||Silver||Twin Cities, MN|
|University of Oregon||Silver||Eugene, OR|
|University of Washington||Silver||Seattle, WA|
|University of Wisconsin, Madison||Silver||Madison, WI|
Regardless of your motives for bike riding — whether you want to preserve the environment, try to get yourself in shape or simply enjoy the feeling of the wind in your face as you cycle down the street — there are plenty of colleges out there with campuses designed to accommodate your affinity for biking. These are just a few of the best ones out there, which might be worth paying a visit or even submitting an application to.
(On a side note, did anyone else notice that the vast majority of these schools are on the West Coast? Looks like we East-Coasters have some catching up to do!)
How does your college campus measure up when it comes to being bicycle-friendly? Tell us about it by leaving a comment below!