Stanford wins platinum for bike friendliness

dish_platinumStanford took top honors last week at the National Bike Summit in Washington, D.C. Among the 32 institutions considered for the designation for Bicycle Friendly Universities, 20 received designations, and only one — Stanford — received a platinum nod. The program recognizes colleges and universities that create environments where bicycling can thrive.

According to a press release issued by the League of American Bicyclists, Stanford stood out for its breadth of programs, including “a great cycling network, education programs like the Bike Safety Dorm Challenge, and bicycling incentive programs that resulted in an extraordinary number of people biking for transportation and recreation.”

“We view this less as the finishing point of our efforts than as the new starting line,” said BRODIE HAMILTON, director of Parking & Transportation Services. “The many departments that contribute to Stanford’s overall bicycle program intend to make even greater progress in the years ahead to create a safer and more sustainable environment for our community through improvements for bicyclists and all road users.”

ARIADNE SCOTT, the university’s bicycle program coordinator, credited the entire campus for the honor, particularly the Department of Public Safety and the campus planning office, without whom, she said, the designation may not have happened. “We’re honored to receive this,” said Scott said of the award. “We want Stanford to leave a legacy for alternative transportation.”