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UW-Stevens Point named a Bicycle Friendly University

Metro Wire Staff

UW-Stevens Point has been named a Bicycle Friendly University.

The League of American Bicyclists awarded the university with a bronze-level designation in recognition of the college’s achievements in promoting and enabling safe, accessible bicycling on campus. The designation is good through 2024, at which time it may be renewed.

The university joins 208 other Bike Friendly Universities in 47 states and Washington, D.C.

“This recognition reflects hard work and multiple hours of commitment by students, faculty, and staff to help increase bike visibility as an important transportation and recreational resource on our campus and in our community,” said Dave Barbier, UW-Stevens Point’s sustainability coordinator. “It also more closely aligns us with the Stevens Point community, which was designated a Bike Friendly Community in 2013.”

UWSP formed a Campus Bicycle and Pedestrian Planning Task Force in 2016, followed by the adoption of a comprehensive Campus Bike and Pedestrian Master Plan last spring.

Among the bicycle improvements on campus are a bike repair and air pump station adjacent to the Dreyfus University Center, two covered bike parking structures and a website for biking information, www.uwsp.edu/biking.

Barbier said he hopes to increase bicycle recourses across campus in upcoming years.

According to the League of American Bicyclists, colleges and universities that invest in bicycling benefit from a decreased carbon footprint; reduced healthcare costs; a stronger community connection; and a fun and healthy campus culture, according to a news release from UWSP.

For more information, visit the League of American Bicyclists at www.bikeleague.org/university.

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