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UO named Silver Bike Friendly University

The University of Oregon received a Silver-level Bike Friendly University award from the League of American Bicyclists. UO is one of 20 universities across the country to be recognized, with Stanford University taking the only platinum-level award.

The Bicycle Friendly University (BFU) program recognizes institutions of higher education for promoting and providing a more bicycle-friendly campus for students, staff and visitors. Awards are based on a four-tiered ranking system (Bronze, Silver, Gold, and Platinum). The announcement was made at the National Bike Summit in Washington, DC.

Environmental Studies undergraduate and LiveMove member Briana Orr collaborated with UO Bike Program coordinator Ted Sweeney to research and write the application.

Much of the recent investment in bicycle-related services on campus has come from UO students like Orr and Sweeney. The three year-old UO Bike Program – which provides bike loans, a free shop, and education on campus – is entirely student funded and student-operated.

Not included in the application is a 17k grant Orr received last week from the Associated Students of University of Oregon for bicycle infrastructure improvements identified in the 1991 Campus Bike Plan.

“I’m proud of what students have done on campus; UO has real potential in becoming a leader in the practice, education, and research of bicycle transportation. Students can only do so much, though. We need major support from the institution now,” says Orr. “A campus transportation department and a full-time bicycle coordinator would be a good place to start.”