Pedaling to Platinum: CSU named among elite Bike Friendly Universities

Colorado State University buzzes with bikes. With more than 23,600 bikes registered to be on campus on any given day, and with a university in the heart of a community heralded nationally for a love of bikes, it’s no surprise that CSU was named today to the prestigious Platinum Bicycle Friendly University list. CSU is the only university in the state and one of only five in the nation recognized as platinum by the League of American Bicyclists. To reach platinum status, the university had to demonstrate that it is an exemplary campus for bicyclists, welcoming cycling at every level, and has a number of people biking at much higher levels than the national average. CSU is the first university to climb directly from Silver to Platinum, skipping Gold, in its quest for top recognition for supporting biking on campus. “This recognition is a nod to the entire cycling culture in Northern Colorado and Fort Collins,” said Aaron Fodge, alternative transportation manager for the university. “The work of many people at the university, and our strong partnership with the city, creates a seamless transition for cyclists from city to campus, and the strong commitment from so many crafts an optimized bike-friendly experience for our students, faculty, staff and guests. We hope to see more and more of our community try out bicycling as a mode of transportation to and on campus.” Numerous biking amenities on campus As part of its commitment to supporting bicycling on campus, Colorado State University has:

“Our campus embodies the love of cycling that is a part of the larger culture of Northern Colorado,” said Lynn Johnson, vice president for Operations. “While riding a bike has always been a mode of choice on campus, we’ve particularly made great strides in the last few years in infusing bicycling on and to campus into our infrastructure. This recognition is a great demonstration of our commitment to sustainability, as well as to providing safe, smart commuting options to our students, faculty and staff.” [caption id="attachment_25169" align="alignright" width="300"]Colorado State University students ride bicycles on the bike path south of the Student Recreation Center, November 4, 2015. Colorado State University students ride bicycles on the bike path south of the Student Recreation Center on Nov. 4.[/caption] Designation creates great cycling The Bicycle Friendly University program recognizes institutions of higher education for promoting and providing a more bike-able campus for students, staff and visitors. The program provides the road map and technical assistance to create great campuses for cycling. “In its fourth year, we’ve seen the Bicycle Friendly University program reach an exciting level of growth and momentum, as more and more campuses support bicycling in new and innovative ways,” said Amelia Neptune, the Bicycle Friendly University program manager. “From bike storage inside dorm rooms to bicycle-powered music festivals, we applaud this round of universities for raising the standards of what a bicycle-friendly campus looks like.” The League of American Bicyclists also recognizes Bicycle Friendly Communities; Fort Collins was named a Platinum Bicycle Friendly Community in 2013. From 2000 to 2013, bicycle commuting rates in large Bike Friendly Communities increased 105 percent, far above the national average of 62 percent and more than double the rate in non-Bike Friendly Communities, according to the League of American Bicyclists. CSU's 'green streak' continues This recognition complements an already long list of sustainability awards Colorado State University has received.
  • CSU was honored as a 2015 Green Ribbon School by the U.S. Department of Education in April.
  • In March, CSU was recognized as the first university ever to earn a Platinum rating from the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment and Rating System, called STARS, an independent assessment that measures sustainability efforts at universities and colleges around the world.
  • Also in March, The Princeton Review ranked CSU 12th overall in its Top 50 Green Colleges list, and fifth among public research universities in the country.
  • In July, CSU was named the nation’s most sustainable university by BestColleges.com.
  • In August, CSU was named among the top five in Sierra magazine’s Coolest Schools green ranking.
  • The Pavilion at Laurel Village and the Powerhouse, two of the university’s newer facilities, achieved LEED Platinum certification from the U.S. Green Building Council.
bike friendly infographic   Assets for media Photos Click photos in story to enlarge for print-quality downloads Additional photo options Colorado State University students ride bicycles on the bike path south of the Student Recreation Center, November 4, 2015.   Colorado State University community members ride bicycles on the bike path south of the Student Recreation Center on Nov. 4.   Colorado State University students ride bicycles on the bike path on Plum Street, November 4, 2015.   Colorado State University community members ride bicycles on the bike path on Plum Street on Nov. 4.   Colorado State University students ride bicycles on the bike path south of the Student Recreation Center, November 4, 2015.     Colorado State University community members ride bicycles on the bike path south of the Student Recreation Center on Nov. 4.   Ram bicycle sign     Bike routes are designated on campus with the university's mascot on a bike.     Infographic Click infographic to enlarge and download  

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Test drive electric vehicle

Drive Electric Northern Colorado, CSU Parking and Transportation Services, and local dealerships are offering an innovative chance for CSU staff and faculty to get behind the wheel of plug-in electric vehicles to learn about the cost savings, environmental benefits, and national security benefits of driving electric. the event, from 11 a.m.-2p.m., Wednesday, January 14, will be on University Avenue in front of the Plant Sciences building. Drive Electric Northern Colorado, a partnership of Colorado State University and the cities of Fort Collins and Loveland, is a first-of-its-kind initiative aimed at achieving widespread adoption of plug-in electric vehicles in the Northern Colorado region. The chance to test drive an electric vehicle through the partnership's Ride-and-Drive program is free to all CSU faculty and staff. The Ride-and-Drive event combines the opportunity for CSU faculty and staff to learn about how plug in electric vehicles s are cleaner, greener, cheaper, and fun to drive while putting them behind the wheel of today’s latest vehicle technology. “CSU strongly supports our campus community driving electric vehicles and we’ve installed 10 charging points on campus to date. As one of the country’s leading green universities, we care about doing our part to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and support innovative technology in electriv vehicles,” said Amy Parsons, vice president for Operations, after test driving a Chevy Volt. Up to eight electric vehicle models will be available to test drive, and may include the Chevy Volt, Nissan LEAF, BMW i3, Mitsubishi iMiEV, Ford Fusion Energi, Ford C-Max Electric, and the Tesla Model S. At this event, current electric vehilcle owners will ride with each driver to explain the vehicle and about their experience owning an electric vehicle. Drive Electric staff will be present at the event to help attendees learn about federal and state tax credits (up to $13,500) available for purchasing or leasing an electric vehile, and how using electricity instead of gasoline can save consumers thousands of dollars in yearly operating costs. CSU now has 10 charging stations throughout campus where, as a faculty or staff member, you can charge daily for free.    

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