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IUPUI named ‘Bicycle Friendly University’

Credit: Liz Kaye, Indiana UniversityFor the first time, IUPUI has been named a Bicycle Friendly University by the League of American Bicyclists.

Campuses that earn the designation offer well-connected bike networks with infrastructure for people of all ages and abilities. They often work with city officials, businesses and other local stakeholders to provide a safer, better biking experience on and off campus.

“The award is great recognition of IUPUI’s efforts toward making campus a welcoming, safe and convenient place to navigate on a bike,” said Andrew McGee, Parking and Transportation Services associate director of transportation demand and space management. “The designation also helps guide the campus on how to further grow those efforts by improving things like amenities, infrastructure and awareness.”

Credit: Liz Kaye, Indiana UniversityIUPUI’s resources for cyclists include more than 100 bike racks, dedicated bike lanes, six repair stations and an indoor bicycle storage facility. Faculty, staff and students can also register for a free bike permit through Parking and Transportation Services.

The permits provide access to the Tower Garage Bike Storage facility, which protects bikes from rain, snow and other adverse weather conditions. They also serve as a visible theft deterrent and may help in recovering a lost or stolen bicycle.

City cycling resources are also easily accessible at IUPUI. The Indianapolis Cultural Trail is connected to campus, and the city-wide Pacers Bikeshare program has several docking stations on campus.

“The Bicycle Friendly University designation recognizes IUPUI’s contribution to improving bike connectivity and supporting a campus bike culture,” said Jessica Davis, interim university director of sustainability for Indiana University. “We look forward to growing that commitment to the benefit of not only Jaguars, but the many citizens and visitors to Indianapolis who travel our city by bike.”

IUPUI is among 37 institutes of higher education newly designated a 2022 Bicycle Friendly University by the League of American Bicyclists. The Washington, D.C.-based organization promotes bicycling and bicycling safety through education and advocacy.