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The League of American Bicyclists identified UCSB as a gold-level bike-friendly campus earlier this month.
Although 20 colleges received Bicycle Friendly University designations, UCSB and UC Davis were the only campuses to win gold awards. With six winning California campuses — including Stanford, the only platinum winner — California was the most recognized state.
Once a campus is awarded the BFU, the school is ineligible to win again for another four years.
James Wagner, UCSB’s transportation alternatives program manager, said about 49 percent of the student body and 9 percent of faculty and staff members commute via bicycle. Additionally, UCSB contains 10 miles of bike paths, over 10,000 bicycle parking spaces, 40 bicycle lockers and seven roundabouts.
Marc Fisher, senior associate vice chancellor of administrative services and campus architect, said the campus’ bike infrastructure is a work in progress.
“Over the past week we were able to re-rack the bike parking lot adjacent to the Recreation Center,” Fisher said in an e-mail. “We continue to refine the bike parking south of the library. Over the break we thinned out the vegetation in this area and added more bike racks.”
Wagner said T.A.P. program plans to utilize a multimedia approach for UCSB bicycle education.
“We think that doing web videos with little bike tutorials would be a fun way to educate people,” Wagner said. “Talking about how to survive a roundabout or the best way to lock your bike or where and when not to lock your bike are all topics we could teach people about.”
Bill Nesper, director of the Bicycle Friendly America program, said colleges are crossroads for bicycle culture.
“With the launch of the Bicycle Friendly Universities program, we’re able to highlight the crucial role that academic institutions play in shaping a more bike‐friendly future,” Nesper said in a press release.
UCSB also received the Bicycle Friendly Business Gold Medal last year.