Harvard wins gold for bicycling

File Photo Kris Snibbe/Harvard Staff Photographer

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Harvard is being recognized for its commitment to the biking community.  The University just received a Gold level, Bicycle Friendly University award, from the League of American Bicyclists.  The awards are given to schools that demonstrate outstanding support of bicycling to ensure healthy, accessible, and eco-friendly transportation.

“More than 15% of Harvard commuters ride bikes so it’s important that we make it as easy as possible,” said Ben Hammer, Associate Director of Harvard’s CommuterChoice program.  “Not only is biking a healthy option, but it’s an important part of the University’s broader effort to reduce fossil fuel emissions.”  Additionally, Harvard’s Sustainability Plan sets out a commitment to increase the bikeability and safety of the streets in and around Harvard’s campus.

Bikes outside of Widener Library at Harvard University. File Photo Kris Snibbe/Harvard Staff Photographer
Biking past Memorial Hall at Harvard University. File Photo Kris Snibbe/Harvard Staff Photographer

CommuterChoice is tasked with developing and promoting sustainable transportation programs.  There are now more than 1,000 members of the Harvard community who use Blue Bikes and last year CommuterChoice sold more than 300 discounted bike helmets to students, faculty, and staff.  Not only that, but the group plays a key role in expanding the biking infrastructure on campus including bike racks and repair stations.

“By educating and enabling so many people to make bicycling part of their lives and carry to their future workplaces and communities, our nation will indeed become—as our mission states—a more ‘Bicycle Friendly America for Everyone,’” said League Executive Director Bill Nesper.  “Congratulations to this outstanding class of leaders who have transformed outdated, car-focused transportation plans into bike-supportive strategies that generate far more positive returns on investment.”

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Click here to see a complete list of this year’s winners.