Bi­cy­clist group gives UK top rank

Lexington Herald-Leader (Sunday) - - Bluegrass - BY CHERYL TRU­MAN

What’s the most bike-friendly col­lege in Amer­ica?

For Lex­ing­to­ni­ans, a big hint may be rid­ing down your street right now.

The Uni­ver­sity of Ken­tucky was named the most bike­friendly col­lege in Amer­ica by the non-profit group League of Amer­i­can Bi­cy­clists, which uses re­sults from an an­nual sur­vey.

The rank­ing was pub­lished on­line by at Bi­cy­cling.com.

Schools are eval­u­ated based on the “Five E’s”: en­gi­neer­ing a safe bike net­work, ed­u­ca­tion by in­cor­po­rat­ing bikes into the class room, en­cour­age­ment in mo­ti­vat­ing stu­dents to bike, en­force­ment in pro­tect­ing riders and eval­u­a­tion in form­ing com­mit­tees to im­prove cam­pus cy­cling.

The top seven schools, an­nounced in a Fri­day re­lease are: UK; Uni­ver­sity of Mary­land, Col­lege Park; Har­vard Uni­ver­sity, Dick­in­son Col­lege, Uni­ver­sity of Utah, Uni­ver­sity of Ver­mont and Uni­ver­sity of Wash­ing­ton.

Amelia Nep­tune, pro­gram direc­tor of the bi­cy­cle league, said UK stood out due to its in­cen­tives for stu­dents and fac­ulty mem­bers. Those in­clude a free bike-share mem­ber­ship or $200 to spend at a lo­cal bike shop, as well as of­fer­ing stu­dents who don’t bring cars to school free ac­cess to bike ren­tals.

UK also hired a full-time co­or­di­na­tor to over­see its sup­port for cy­cling, the league said.

“Hav­ing some­one who’s en­tirely fo­cused on im­prov­ing bike ac­ces­si­bil­ity on cam­pus is key to re­ally im­prov­ing the en­vi­ron­ment,” Nep­tune said.

San­dra Broadus, UK’s al­ter­na­tive trans­porta­tion man­ager, said in a press re­lease that UK will soon open its first in­door bike room, com­plete with shower stalls, lock­ers, a fix-it sta­tion and wa­ter bot­tle fillers. Wild­cat Wheels Bi­cy­cle Li­brary is soon to of­fer a bi­cy­cle parts vend­ing ma­chine, so cy­clists will be able to pur­chase parts such as a new in­ner tube or chain on cam­pus.

“Our ma­jor goal for 2019 is to cre­ate a com­pre­hen­sive Bi­cy­cle Mas­ter Plan for cam­pus, which we haven’t done since, 2005,” Broadus said.

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