USF Nationally Recognized as a Bicycle Friendly University
USF named a Silver Bicycle Friendly UniversitySM by the League of American Bicyclists.
TAMPA, Fla. (Nov. 30, 2016) – The University of South Florida was recognized on Tuesday as a Bicycle Friendly University (BFU) by the League of American Bicyclists. The university received the organization’s Silver level award for the campus in Tampa, joining more than 150 colleges and universities from across the country.
The Bicycle Friendly University program recognizes institutions of higher education for promoting and providing a more bikeable campus for students, staff and visitors. The BFU program evaluates applicants’ efforts to promote bicycling in five primary areas: engineering, encouragement, education, enforcement and evaluation/planning, known as the Five E's.
With Tuesday’s announcement of 51 new and renewing BFUs from 25 states, USF joins a cutting-edge group of colleges and universities transforming their campuses and surrounding communities. There are now a total of 164 BFUs in 44 states and Washington, D.C.
“In its fifth year, we’ve seen the Bicycle Friendly University program’s momentum continue to grow and reach even more campuses across the country,” said Bill Nesper, League of American Bicyclists’ Vice President of Programs. “We applaud this round of BFUs for raising the standard and being innovative in making bicycling a safe, convenient and enjoyable option for students, staff and visitors alike.”
The USF campus offers amenities such as on-site bicycle registration, parking, safety classes, a network of repair stations and a campus-wide 25 mile per hour speed limit. One of the major successes for USF was the launch of Share-A-Bull, an app-based bikeshare program for students, faculty and staff, funded by the Student Green Energy Fund.
USF also recent installed a pilot bicycle locker project, providing a new parking option for employees who commute regularly to campus. Moving forward, the university will now have access to a variety of free tools and technical assistance from the League of American Bicyclists to become even more bicycle-friendly.
“It is an honor to be named a Silver Bicycle Friendly University” said Julie Bond, Chair of USF’s Bicycle Action Committee and Senior Researcher at the Center for Urban Transportation Research. “With the collaboration between USF departments, the campus has become a bicycle friendly place that is safe and comfortable for everyone.”
USF’s Bicycle Action Committee, which consists of representatives from various departments on campus, including Student Government, Campus Recreation, Student Housing, Student Wellness, University Police Department, College of Public Health, Patel Center for Global Sustainability, USF World, Facilities Management, Parking and Transportation Services, College of Engineering, the Center for Urban Transportation Research, New North Transportation Alliance and the USF Bicycle Club, works to make the campus bicycle friendly and compiled the information for the application.
About the Bicycle Friendly AmericaSM Program
The Bicycle Friendly CommunitySM, Bicycle Friendly StateSM, Bicycle Friendly BusinessSM and Bicycle Friendly University programs are generously supported by Planet Bike and League members. To learn more about building a Bicycle Friendly America, visit www.bikeleague.org/BFA.