10 most bike friendly campuses

נשלח 8 בנוב׳ 2010, 3:16 על ידי Sustainability Org   [ עודכן 5 ביוני 2013, 12:41 ]
  1. Ripon College
    A tiny liberal-arts college nestled in the equally tiny town of Ripon, Wisconsin (population: 7,500), Ripon College is proof that even the smallest institutions can pave the way for big change. Its Velorution Project is a prime example of the small college’s bold approaches to solving problems. When faced with a conundrum in 2007, where the number of applicants signing up for parking permits far exceeded the number of available parking spaces, Ripon College launched the Velorution Project to alleviate the problem as well as to take a step in becoming more environmentally friendly at the same time. The project encourages incoming students to sign a pledge that they will not drive a car to the campus for the entire school year. But that’s not all; students must also perform at least ten hours of community service. In return,
    they get a brand new bicycle – specifically, a fancy 2009 Cannondale F9 mountain bike customized with a Ripon College-themed paint job – to keep forever.
  2. University of California – Santa Barbara
    UC Santa Barbara’s sprawling 1,055 acres of California coastal campus is scenic indeed, and luckily, a large portion of those views can be enjoyed from behind the handlebars of a bicycle. The school prides itself in its commitment to going green, and its Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) is one great way to push that agenda. One of the key components of TAP is to make cycling around campus a better experience. As if Santa Barbara’s outdoor activity-friendly climate were not enough to get people out of their stuffy cars and onto a bike, UCSB also created bike lockers for those who ride to school. In addition, the city itself is bike-friendly, offering a wide network of bicycle routes that allow cyclists easy and safe passage within Santa Barbara.
  3. University of California – Davis
    Like its sister school UCSB, UC Davis also has a bicycle program that encourages its students to get out of the car seat and hop onto a bike. The school provides students with maps and directions of safe bike routes that will lead them to a number of popular destinations and also allows for students to apply for a bicycle license at the Transportation and Parking Services office Mondays through Fridays. The school even hosts a public bicycle auction after each semester, selling off lonely bicycles that were abandoned on the campus throughout the year. This allows for incoming students to purchase a high quality set of wheels at a greatly discounted price. There’s no incentive to start cycling quite like the allure of a good bargain.
  4. Northland College
    As a school that emphasizes its mission to incorporate an environmental emphasis into its liberal arts studies, it is easy to understand why Northland College is a haven for student cyclists. In fact, Northland College has constantly been ahead of the environmentalism curve, going green in 1971, which was decades before today’s green trend. The college continues to push for more environmentally-friendly actions today, and these are typically spearheaded by the students themselves. The Northland College Student Association (NCSA) had previously launched the Sunshine Bike Program, where a large number of yellow-painted bikes were "set loose" on the campus and students could use them whenever they pleased. However, the plan backfired when all the bikes eventually disappeared from campus as the result of either accidental or intentional theft. Now, the NCSA set up a bike rental system where students can rent bicycles with ease, provided that they also return them.
  5. Claremont McKenna College
    If you’re a cyclist who loves company, then Claremont McKenna College is your kind of school. Part of the seven-college community modeled after England’s Oxford University and called The Claremont Colleges, CMC is one of the country’s most selective liberal arts colleges with a shining academic reputation. But students will get more than just quality lectures and brain gymnastics at Claremont; they will also have the opportunity to join a tight-knit cycling community. The school’s CCC Club hosts cyclists of all skill levels and invites bike enthusiasts of all types to come out and ride or race together. The school even has a comprehensive web guide to local trails ranked by intensity, length, and traffic conditions.
  6. Emory University
    With about 12,930 undergraduate and graduate students filling the classrooms at Emory University, it is easy to see why bicycles are a popular mode of transportation as an alternative to jostling with 12,000 other students for a too-cramped parking space. Bike Emory is a project launched in 2007 that encourages more and more students to give up their gas guzzlers for a bicycle. Partnered with Fuji Bikes and Bicycle South, Bike Emory works to make the campus and surrounding community safer and more efficient for student cyclists. The organization sets up an affordable bike repair center on campus twice a week to ensure that students never miss too many days of cycling and that bike hazards are immediately fixed. The school also provides several maps detailing the best bike-friendly routes to take to explore the campus and surrounding areas.
  7. University of Minnesota – Twin Cities
    As part of the University of Minnesota chain, which has five campuses throughout the state, the Twin Cities campus is particularly inviting for students who prefer pedal power to gas power. There are over 6,500 bicycle racks and hoops scattered around the campus so cyclists will never be without a place to hitch their ride. The school even provides a biker map that highlights the various bike lanes available around campus and bike locker locations. In addition to campus trails, students can also hit the local trails if they want to do some recreational free wheeling. Another perk for ditching the gas guzzler? The city’s Metro Transit provides two coupons every six months for a free transit ride to cyclists who bike to work and school three or more times per week. The coupons are also good for cab fare of up to $25, which is a useful extra thing to have for emergency situations when a bike just won’t cut it.
  8. Mount Holyoke College
    The first of the Seven Sisters, which was the female equivalent to the then-predominately male Ivy League, Mount Holyoke College has long been regarded as a leader in female education. Located 90 minutes west of the bustling city of Boston, the school is a peaceful haven devoid of typical big city noises and distractions. The lack of competition with cars also makes MHC an ideal campus for those who would rather ride from destination to destination than drive. To accommodate cyclists, the college has set up a successful free bicycle registration program, which helps to identify bicycles and prevent theft. It also helps the school and individuals return misplaced bicycles to their rightful owners.
  9. Castleton State College
    The tiny 1,800-student strong Castleton State College is a big hit with cycling fans. In August 2009, the school launched its Castleton Community Bicycle Program, which allows for CSC students and faculty members to rent bicycles so that they may give up their fossil-fuel burning modes of transportation for a manpowered one. The program aims to enhance Castleton’s green movement, reduce traffic congestion, alleviate overcrowded parking, and encourage an overall healthier lifestyle. The school’s enthusiasm for its rentable bike fleet proves that even the smallest institutions are capable of promoting great change.
  10. Bates College
    Bates College has been pushing for a greener campus for years and has taken several monumental steps to achieve that goal. The school hired its first environmental coordinator in 2006 and has been working tirelessly ever since to reduce its water waste, electricity use, and other environmentally harmful practices. The school’s aim for a more sustainable future can be seen in its construction of the Pedestrian and Bicycle Bridge, which was converted from the remains of the old Lewiston-Auburn Railroad Bridge. The bridge offers walkers and cyclists alike a scenic journey over the Androscoggin River as they trek from Lewiston to Auburn or the other way around, without worrying about the interference of speeding cars.

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