The League of American Bicyclists program announced its top bicycle friendly universities this week. Boise State University was named one of 20 other bicycle friendly universities at the National Bike Summit in Washington, D.C. This award distinguishes universities that provide an environment that compliments and suits transportation via bicycle, making air more breathable and transportation costs low.
“With fuel costs and carbon emissions on the rise and cities becoming more and more congested and unhealthy, now is the time for universities to step forward,” Boise State President Bob Kustra said.
Universities received awards in the gold, silver, and bronze categories. Boise State received a bronze award along with Cornell, UC Los Angeles, Emory, Indiana University and Michigan State. Stanford was awarded at the platinum level, with UC Davis and UC Santa Barbara taking gold. There were nine universities awarded the silver and 10 received honorable mentions.
“Universities have long served as incubators for developing bike friendly cultures and practices, and that has a big impact on the expectations that students bring to the workplace and beyond,” said Bill Nesper, director of the league’s Bicycle Friendly America Program.
Boise State’s Community Bicycle Congress Strives to draw the greater community and Boise State together to discuss global knowledge about alternative transportation. These events will hold workshops offering hands on technical assistance to make businesses and the community more bicycle friendly. The 2011 event will take place on April 20-21.