Add "bicycle friendly university" to Virginia Tech's growing list of accolades acknowledging its institutional-wide commitment to campus sustainability.
This most recent recognition was recently given by the League of American Bicyclists which designated Virginia Tech as a Bicycle Friendly University / Bronze level. It recognizes Virginia Tech’s commitment to promoting and providing a more bicycle-friendly campus for students, staff and visitors.
Virginia Tech is among 58 colleges and universities in 30 states across the United States to be designated a bicycle friendly university.
The Bicycle Friendly University program evaluates applicants’ efforts to promote bicycling in five primary areas: engineering, encouragement, education, enforcement and evaluation/planning. The program provides a roadmap to building a bicycle friendly campus and the application has become a rigorous and educational tool providing a clear incentive for universities to continuously improve.
The League of American Bicyclists promotes bicycling for fun, fitness and transportation, and works through advocacy and education for a bicycle-friendly America. The League represents the interests of America's 57 million bicyclists, including its 300,000 members and affiliates.
“Virginia Tech has instituted several successful programs to encourage bicycling on campus," said Kathryn Zeringue, alternative transportation coordinator. "Among those is the Bicycle Ambassador Program launched last fall and continues to host many events catering to cyclists."
Virginia Tech has invested in infrastructure to improve conditions for cyclists including three miles of bike lanes, nine miles of shared paths, and several covered bicycle racks. In the future, Alternative Transportation plans to install additional bike racks to meet the growing demand for parking and provide more bicycle repair services for students, faculty, and staff. Additionally, a new link, connecting the existing Huckleberry Trail with the Foxridge Trails, is being built in a cooperative effort between Virginia Tech and the Town of Blacksburg.
Dedicated to its motto, Ut Prosim (That I May Serve), Virginia Tech takes a hands-on, engaging approach to education, preparing scholars to be leaders in their fields and communities. As the commonwealth’s most comprehensive university and its leading research institution, Virginia Tech offers 240 undergraduate and graduate degree programs to more than 31,000 students and manages a research portfolio of $513 million. The university fulfills its land-grant mission of transforming knowledge to practice through technological leadership and by fueling economic growth and job creation locally, regionally, and across Virginia.