The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee is consistently adding to the quality of life for its students and the neighborhoods surrounding the campus. The League of American Bicyclists named the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee as a Gold Bicycle Friendly University.
Three years ago, UW-Milwaukee was named at a bronze-level, the increase to Gold Level in a short amount of time, demonstrates how much the biking culture at UWM has grown. This ranking puts UWM in the category of 163 other Bicycle Friendly Universities throughout the country, including four UW System campuses in Wisconsin: Madison at a Gold level, UW LaCrosse, Stout and Eau Claire at bronze. Carroll University earned bronze ranking too.
In a press release, Kate Nelson, chief sustainability officer at UWM said, “I was suprised that we made the jump from bronze to gold. But we won’t rest on our laurels. Right now we’re looking providing more convenient and secure parking at various ‘hubs’ on campus.”
Avid cyclist, and UWM Chancellor Mark Mone said, “The bike culture at UWM and throughout Milwaukee is growing in so many positive ways.”
The University makes cycling an easy transportation option for students, faculty and staff by having Bublr bike-share stations, commuter showers, and on-campus bike fix-it stations.
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With the new ranking, the league will give UWM access to a variety of free tools and technical assistance to become even more bicycle-friendly.
“When colleges and universities invest in bicycling, great things happen,” Nelson said. “Students have a healthier way to commute, faculty and staff save money on parking, and the community has a leader at the table for city-wide bicycle advocacy.
For more on this honor, visit Urban Milwaukee.