Stanford achieves third Platinum Bicycle Friendly University award

The League of American Bicyclists (LAB) has recognized Stanford with a third Platinum Bicycle Friendly University (BFUSM) award in recognition of Stanford’s achievements in promoting safe and accessible bicycling on campus.

Stanford was the first university to be recognized at the highest level when the program launched in 2011, making Stanford the only university to receive three Platinum designations in a row. This year’s award extends Stanford’s first two Platinum designations (2011–2015 and 2015-2019) for another four years (2019-2023).

Enhancements to Stanford’s bicycle program and infrastructure over the past four years, which were among the elements recognized with the Platinum renewal designation, include the following:

  • Six roundabouts now operating on the main campus to encourage safe circulation for all users.
  • Increased bike parking capacity to more than 19,000 bike parking spaces and expanded and new secure bike cages to serve campus commuters.
  • More than 12 miles of bike lanes and 17 miles of shared use paths on the main campus.
  • Outreach to more than 85 percent of new students annually during New Student Orientation to share best practices on how to be a safe rider at Stanford.
  • More than 10,000 Commute Club Members receive $300 in Clean Air Cash as an incentive to use alternative transportation, including bicycling to commute to work.
  • Participation in the Bay Area’s Bike to Work Celebration in May, National Bike Month, for the past 25 years.
  • Publication of the first Bicycle Commuter Access Study, which explores the opportunities and challenges facing bicyclists at Stanford
    Stanford has more than 13,000 cyclists on campus every day.
Brian Shaw
Brian Shaw

BRIAN SHAW, executive director of Stanford Transportation, notes that Stanford has more than 13,000 cyclists daily at its main campus. The department and its campus partners are committed to meeting the needs of riders and offer bike education to increase safety and respect among all road users. By ensuring smooth and safe circulation, providing bike infrastructure and resources and conducting bike safety outreach, he said, the efforts are paying off.

“We know that when colleges and universities invest in bicycling, great things happen: We decrease our carbon footprint, improve health, increase connection to community and promote a healthy, fun and safe campus culture,” Shaw said. “The League of American Bicyclists deserves credit and our gratitude for helping to encourage this to happen through a friendly but rigorous competition, where the ultimate winners are the riders.”

Read more on the Stanford Transportation website.