Making the Grade: Bicycle Friendly Universities in Wisconsin

Covered bike parking with a fixit station at UW Stevens Point.

Amenities like this covered bike shelter equipped with a fix-it station helped Steven’s Point achieve bronze status. Photo – UW Stevens Point

Each fall the League of American Bicyclists releases their list of Bicycle Friendly Universities, which recognizes schools that support and promote a more bikeable campus. Schools submit their applications, and are graded on criteria such as safe cycling infrastructure, maintenance and storage options, theft prevention efforts, cycling classes and events, and the staffing to support better bicycling.

Wisconsin has three schools in this year’s cohort — UW Madison, UW Milwaukee, and UW Stevens Point. Previous years have included UW Eau Claire, UW La Crosse, and UW Stout, bringing the state’s all-time total to six.

Notable this season is UW Madison’s upgrade to platinum status, the League’s highest rating, and UW Stevens Point’s bronze designation. Madison was one of only 8 schools in the country to receive the League’s top-level distinction, while this was Stevens Point’s first appearance on the list. UW Milwaukee was recertified gold, while Eau Claire, La Crosse, and Stout previously brought home the bronze.

 

We applaud these schools for their support of cycling, and their efforts to improve the experience for students and visitors alike. If you’d like to see your school on this list, the Wisconsin Bike Fed is available to help evaluate your assets and assist with the application process.

 

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