Bicycle Friendly University

From left to right: Brent Buice, executive director of Georgia Bikes; Colin Moore, program coordinator of Live Healthy Baldwin; Dr. Steve Dorman, Georgia College president; and Dr. Jim Lidstone, director of the Georgia College Center for Health and Social Issues.

The League of American Bicyclists recognized Georgia College with a Bronze Bicycle Friendly University (BFUSM) award Thursday, Nov. 5, 2015, joining more than 100 visionary colleges and universities from across the country. Georgia College is now the fourth Bicycle Friendly University in Georgia.

With the announcement of 49 new and renewing BFUs from 31 states, Georgia College 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.

“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.”

Georgia College encourages bicycling as an easy option for transportation and provides amenities such as bike racks on shuttle buses, bicycle repair stations and bike parking for hundreds of bikes on both main and West Campus. Georgia College and Milledgeville now join Savannah and SCAD as the only Bicycle Friendly Community/Bicycle Friendly University combinations in Georgia. In May 2014, Milledgeville was recognized by the League as Georgia’s seventh Bicycle Friendly Community. This dual designation will result in greater collaboration between the college and the city on bicycle improvements going forward as both set their sights on Silver.

“As a faculty member at Georgia College and an advocate for cycling in Milledgeville and throughout Georgia, I am delighted and proud that Georgia College has taken the necessary steps to attain this prestigious designation,” said Dr. Jim Lidstone, director of the Center for Health and Social Issues at Georgia College and vice president of the Bicycling Club of Milledgeville. “It couldn’t have happened without the support of President Steve Dorman, Student Government Association President Juawn Jackson, Ryan Greene of Parking and Transportation and Lori Strawder, assistant director of sustainability,” said Lidstone.

Moving forward, Georgia College will have access to a variety of free tools and technical assistance from the League to become even more bicycle-friendly. When colleges and universities invest in bicycling, great things happen. In addition to being more health conscious, today’s college student is sensitive to the environmental impact of our choices. Cycling for transportation is a way of demonstrating a commitment to the sustainability movement, not to mention eliminating the stress of having to find a parking place to avoid being late to class.

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