Aquinas College named a Bronze Bicycle Friendly University

With the announcement of 49 new and renewing BFUs today from 31 states, Aquinas joins a cutting-edge group of colleges and universities across the United States transforming their campuses and the communities around them

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The League of American Bicyclists recognized Aquinas College with a Bronze Bicycle Friendly University (BFUSM) award, joining the most visionary colleges and universities from across the country.  Aquinas is one of five Michigan schools recognized this year.

With the announcement of 49 new and renewing BFUs today from 31 states, Aquinas joins a cutting-edge group of colleges and universities across the United States transforming their campuses and the communities around them. There are now 127 BFUs in 42 states and Washington, D.C.

“We are very excited to be recognized as one of the top colleges and universities for our biking programs,” said Aquinas Director of Sustainability Jessica Eimer. “We take great pride in our efforts to incorporate sustainability on campus, and have worked hard to provide alternative transportation options to our AQ community. It is great to know that our work is making a difference.”

Aquinas’ biking program, AQ Bikes, is a bike rental and bike services program available to all students, faculty and staff. It began in 2013 and provides options of day, weekend, month and semester rental periods, as well as variety of bikes to choose from, including tandem bikes. Each bike is inspected before and after use and equipped with a quality bike lock and helmet for safety and security.

“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 League’s Bicycle Friendly University program manager. “From bike storage inside dorm rooms to bicycle-powered music festivals, we applaud this round of BFUs for raising the standard of what a bicycle-friendly campus looks like.”

Moving forward, Aquinas will have access to a variety of free tools and technical assistance from the League to become even more bicycle-friendly.