UNC Charlotte recently received a Bronze-level Bicycle Friendly University award from the League of American Bicyclists in recognition of the institution’s achievements in promoting and enabling safe, accessible bicycling on campus.
Mike Lizotte, University sustainability officer, stated, “Our University has improved bicycling on campus since our first award in 2017, with more miles of bike lanes and a bikeshare program upgrade to be one of the first all-electric-pedal-assist systems in the country.”
Bill Nesper, executive director of the League of American Bicyclists, stated, “It is so energizing to have UNC Charlotte among our cohort of 212 Bicycle Friendly Universities across the country. The 2020 class of 38 Bicycle Friendly Universities, which includes UNC Charlotte, has had to address a crisis unlike any we’ve seen in our lifetimes. Amidst the pandemic, we are grateful each of these institutions has acknowledged the benefits to the well-being and health of its students, staff and faculty in being a Bicycle Friendly University. These colleges and universities are leading by building healthy environments where people can safely get around while improving the well-being of their community by enabling access to sustainable transportation options.”
The Bicycle Friendly University program now includes 212 colleges and universities in 47 states and the District of Columbia and is part of the League’s Bicycle Friendly America program, which also awards communities and businesses, including the city of Charlotte.
UNC Charlotte encourages bicycling for affordable transportation and for recreation, coordinating bicycle amenities with increasing access to greenways, shuttle buses, light rail service, parking areas as well as local housing and shops. To learn more about the Bicycle Friendly University program, visit the League online at www.bikeleague.org/university.
Learn more about the University’s bikeshare program and download the Gotcha Mobility App to rent one of the 100 pedal-assist bikes on campus.