December 2, 2016

Purdue awarded silver level Bicycle Friendly University award

The League of American Bicyclists recognized Purdue with a silver level Bicycle Friendly University award on Tuesday (Nov. 29).

Purdue joins more than 150 colleges and universities being recognized across the country.

“In its fifth year, we’ve seen the Bicycle Friendly University program’s momentum continue to grow and reach even more campuses across the country,” Bill Nesper, programs director, says. “We applaud this round of BFUs for raising the standard and being innovative in making bicycling a safe, convenient and enjoyable option for students, staff and visitors alike.”

Aaron Madrid, alternative transportation coordinator, says that several factors contributed to Purdue receiving this award, but three that stand out are the commitment to improving campus by hiring a full-time staff member to oversee the bike-share program; focusing on education for people who bike, walk and drive through campus; and a continuing partnership with the cities of West Lafayette and Lafayette as well as various departments at Purdue.

Madrid also says it is a great accomplishment for the program to have moved from the bronze level awarded in 2015 to the silver level this year.

"I believe that it is unprecedented that a program as young as ours moves up into the silver level so quickly," he says. "It is a testament to Purdue's dedication to becoming a more bicycle-friendly campus."

Madrid says the program is constantly improving and just added a new Bluetooth enabled, bike-mounted locking system to the program. The new system will improve functionality and ease of use. 

The BFU program recognizes institutions of higher education for promoting and providing a more bike-friendly campus for students, staff and visitors. The BFU program provides the roadmap and technical assistance to create great campuses for cycling.

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Writer: Megan Huckaby, 765-496-1325,

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