The League of American Bicyclists has awarded Stanford University with their prestigious Platinum Award for promoting a bicycle-friendly campus. According to BikeRadar.com, Stanford has promoted a commuter friendly campus with an emphasis on bicycle safety.
“We encourage, reward and incent everyone to ride a bike and offer multiple programs and promotions to promote bike safety for all campus users,” says Ariadne Scott, Stanford’s Bicycle Program Coordinator. Stanford’s campus is home to 13,000 daily cyclists. The campus has bike paths, discounted helmets for sale and bike lockers; it also offers bicycle safety classes twice a month and a diversion program for cyclists who receive citations.
“The results prove to be successful. Stanford University’s employee drive-alone rate dropped from 72 percent in 2002 to 48 percent in 2010,” says Scott. “Our bike commuter rate for university commuters is 21.7 percent.”
The rankings for the League of American Bicyclists are based on campus bicycle engineering, education, encouragement, enforcement and planning. California institutions lead the nation in the rankings.
“California has some great weather and a lot of bicycle friendly communities out there,” says Megan Cahill from the League of American Bicyclists. “Stanford was already a bike-friendly community before the University program started. A lot of areas in California were already headed in the right direction and their Universities just followed suit.”