Two Minnesota colleges have been recognized as Bicycle Friendly Universities (BFUs) by the League of American Bicyclists (LAB). Minnesota, the second most bicycle-friendly state in the U.S., now boasts six BFUs
“From the northwoods to the plains of Minnesota, the diverse range of terrain, weather and type of university is showcased in this round of BFU awards,” said Natalie Gille, Greater MN program manager, BikeMN. “Places of learning, like M State and BSU are really hotbeds of possibility when it comes to biking and walking and I’m thrilled to see their hard work recognized at the national level.”
“M State is proud of our connections to our community and our commitment to wellness, said Carrie Brimhall, president of M State. “This recognition reflects those values and we are very excited about it.”
In the past, Bemidji State University received an honorable mention and this year they were awarded with a bronze-level Bicycle Friendly University award along with M State Fergus Falls. M State is a two-year college, they were able to move the needle on this bicycle-friendly recognition by engaging staff in the process. At Bemidji State University, the sustainability office played a critical role in leading efforts to promote bicycling as transportation oncampus and in the community for this four-year college, in addition to being the host site for a LAB cycling instructor seminar during spring 2019.
“Attaining BFU recognition is a big step for our campus, and I’m confident this recognition will spur further progress in this area,” said Dave Jensen, student life director at M State. “I hope that M State Fergus Falls can serve as an example for other rural campuses as to what’s possible with limited time and resources.”
BSU and M State join Macalester College, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, Concordia College, and Minnesota State University, Mankato, as Minnesota’s six nationally recognized BFUs.