UW-Madison recognized as a bicycle-friendly campus

April 6, 2009 By Dennis Chaptman

The League of American Bicyclists has named the University of Wisconsin–Madison a silver award winner in its Bicycle Friendly Business program.

“We’re gratified by this national recognition of our efforts to encourage bicycling and make it an attractive commuting option for everyone at the university,” says Patrick Kass, director of Transportation Services for the university.

Bicycle Friendly Businesses are corporations, organizations and nonprofit groups that weave bicycling into their business culture and encourage their employees and constituencies to be active in cycling.

The 300,000-member league represents the interests of American bicyclists.

“We’re delighted to highlight the University of Wisconsin–Madison and the ways in which they are getting more people on bikes,” says Andy Clark, the league’s president.

UW-Madison offers a strong network of bicycle and pedestrian routes, and is continuously adding new connections. Most recently, construction of the Campus Drive Pedestrian and Bicycle Path, complete with solar-powered lighting, was completed.

Bicycling is a strong component of the university’s alternative transportation program, UW Commuter Solutions. That program emphasizes the university’s mission to make walking, biking, taking the bus or van- or car-pooling attractive transportation options for students, faculty and staff at the university.