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Published: April 4, 2011

MSU earns ‘bike friendly’ campus award

Contact(s): Tom Oswald Media Communications office: (517) 432-0920 cell: (517) 281-7129 Tom.Oswald@cabs.msu.edu

EAST LANSING, Mich. — With more than half of its roads equipped with bike lanes and more than 20,000 bicycle parking spaces, the campus of Michigan State University has long been “bicycle friendly.”

That status was recently confirmed when the League of American Bicyclists named MSU a Bicycle Friendly University Bronze Award winner.

The honor recognizes colleges and universities that create environments in which bicycling can thrive and provides technical assistance to create great campuses for biking.

“I’m thrilled that we’ve been selected for this award,” said Gus Gosselin, director of building services at the MSU Physical Plant and co-founder of the MSU Bike Project. “MSU has long been a national leader in the promotion of alternative transportation and this award is confirmation of that.”

The MSU Bike Project, founded in 2003 as a volunteer-run service, promotes bicycling as a safe, fun and environmentally friendly transportation alternative for the MSU community.

The project was the catalyst for the MSU Bikes Service Center, which opened its doors in 2006 and provides a variety of services to the campus, including sales and renting of bikes, a full menu of bicycle repairs, and long-term storage.

“For 10 years MSU has shown a commitment to the complete streets philosophy of road design construction,” said Tim Potter, MSU Bikes Service Center manager. “The best proof that our campus is truly becoming bike and pedestrian friendly is in our declining accident rates among all road users.”

The announcement was made last month at the 11th National Bike Summit in Washington, D.C.

There are an estimated 15,000 bicycle riders on the MSU campus.

For more information on MSU Bikes, visit www.bikes.msu.edu.

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