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Rochester earns Bicycle Friendly University Bronze Award

November 17, 2015

cyclist on pedestrian bridgeThe University of Rochester has been recognized with a 2015 “Bicycle Friendly University Bronze Award,” presented by the League of American Bicyclists.

The Bicycle Friendly University (BFU) program recognizes institutions of higher education for promoting and providing a more bikeable campus for students, staff and visitors. It evaluates the applicant’s efforts to promote bicycling in five areas: engineering, encouragement, education, enforcement and evaluation/planning.

The University became one of 49 new and renewing Bicycle Friendly Universities this year, according to the League of American Bicyclists. There are now 127 BFUs in 42 states.

“The Department of Transportation and Parking Management is extremely proud to be recognized for our commitment in promoting sustainable travel options for our University community,” said Director Hugh Kierig.  “We have increased biking awareness through our UR Connections program by urging bike commuting to work and school, increasing the capacity for bike parking, offering bike lockers and cages, implementing bike lanes, and offering a bicycle registration program. Bicycling and other alternative transportation programs of UR Connections are an integral part of the “Clean & Go Green” campaign for sustainability at the University of Rochester,” he said.

Transportation and Parking Management hopes to continue to increase the importance of bringing fewer cars to campus, thereby reducing commuting costs for employees, reducing campus congestion, and promoting the sustainability efforts for the University and our community.

To learn more about the free BFU program, visit the League of American Bicyclists online at

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