UWM Goes For Gold!

The UW-Milwaukee school colors are black and gold. Today, you can emphasize the gold part as UWM won recognition as one of the very best cycling campuses in the country.

We share the celebratory press announcement below. Go Panthers!

University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee named a GOLD Bicycle Friendly University

by the League of American Bicyclists

UWM make the leap from Bronze to Gold in 3 years

Today, the League of American Bicyclists recognized UW-Milwaukee with a Gold Bicycle Friendly University (BFUSM) award, joining more than 150 visionary colleges and universities from across the country.

With the announcement of 51 new and renewing BFUs today from 25 states, UWM joins a cutting-edge group of colleges and universities across the United States transforming their campuses and the communities around them. There are now 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, Programs Director. “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.”

By striving to be a bike friendly campus, UWM is accessible to our students and community in new ways. UWM encourages bicycling as an easy option for transportation and provides amenities such as Bublr Bikeshare stations and incentives such as community bike challenges, commuter showers, and campus bike fix-it stations.

Moving forward, UWM will have access to a variety of free tools and technical assistance from the League to become even more bicycle-friendly. When colleges and universities invest in bicycling, great things happen: students have a healthier way to commute, faculty and staff save $ on parking, and the community has a leader at the table for city-wide bicycle advocacy.

To learn more about the BFU program, visit the League online at www.bikeleague.org/university.

About Dave Cieslewicz, Executive Director

Dave Cieslewicz served two terms as mayor of Madison where he set the city on a path for Platinum status as one of the best biking cities in North America. Before that he started his own nonprofit, 1000 Friends of Wisconsin, which focuses on land use and transportation policy. He has been an adjunct professor at the UW Madison's Department of Urban and Regional Planning where he teaches a class called Bikes, Pedestrians and Cities. He pronounces his name chess LEV ich, but nobody else does.

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