Via TucsonVelo, I read that the League of American Bicyclists launched â€œBicycle Friendly Universityâ€ at Pro Walk Pro Bike, September, 2010.
Campuses are ideal laboratories to encourage and inspire the next generation to continue biking in postâ€college life. â€œThe program will demonstrate the many benefits of achieving aspirational levels of bicycle safety and infrastructure, while providing campuses with a roadmap to get there. Itâ€™s a win/win for everyone,â€ said Ariadne Delon Scott, bicycle program coordinator at Stanford University.
I filled out this questionnaire on behalf of the University of Illinois at Chicago, my alma mater, and its staff and students. Textual answers below.
If you think I selected the wrong answer, let me know.
- Does your campus have a comprehensive, connected and well-maintained bicycling network? No
- Is bike parking readily available throughout the campus? Yes. There are tons of bike racks everywhere. Some places need more and some places have too much, but the University doesn’t seem interested in redistributing them.
- Is the college or university easily accessible by bike? Yes. There are numerous bike lanes and slow streets. Also several bus routes and one 24-hour L line (for multi-modal traveling).
- Does the college or university offer bicycling education classes for students and staff? No
- Are there classes for campus motorists on how to share the road with cyclists? No
- Does your college or university have an up-to-date bicycle map? No. The City of Chicago produced a UIC bicycle map in 20o5, and nothing has changed, so I guess it’s up-to-date.
- Are there incentives offered for students and staff that commute by bike? No
- Is there an active bicycle advocacy group at the college or university? No
- Is there an on-campus bike center for rentals and repairs? No
- Do campus safety/law enforcement officers receive training on the rights and responsibilities of all road users? Yes. I found this out during an email conversation with CommanderÂ Frank J. Cappitelli, PhD.
- Does your campus have law enforcement or other public safety officers on bikes? Yes. Although I sometimes see them exhibiting illegal bicycling behavior like riding on the sidewalk and crossing against signals.
- Is there a program on campus to prevent bike theft? No
- Is there an institutional plan or program to reduce bicyclist crashes? No
- Does your college or university have a current comprehensive bicycle plan? No. This one’s debatable. Bicycling is part of the 2009 Master Plan with recommendations to mark new streets with bike lanes or shared lanes. It also proposes bike sharing and separated bike paths.
- Does your college or university have a bicycle program manager? No
Your score: 4 points.
Score 0-7: Your college/university probably has some improvements to make before being designated as a BFU â€“ but keep up the great work! Call us and weâ€™ll tell you more about the strengths (and weaknesses) your scorecard reveals. Download the BFU application and let us help you start implementing an action plan.