Officials from the League of American Bicyclists (LAB) presented Cal State Long Beach (CSULB) with a pair of awards this spring as the university was recognized with the organization’s Gold Award as a Bicycle Friendly Business and a Silver Award in its first-ever Bicycle Friendly University designations.
Bicycling is a solution to many challenges we face as a nation–improving sustainability, physical activity and quality of life. The League of American Bicyclists’ Bicycle Friendly America program has helped communities, businesses, states and now universities improve conditions for bicycling, creating the types of places where people want to live, work and visit.
“We thank the League of American Bicyclists for the great honor of our Bicycle Friendly Awards,” said Mary Stephens, CSULB’s vice president of administration and finance who received the awards on behalf of the university. “We’re extremely proud that Cal State Long Beach has become a hub for bicycle education, service and advocacy for our community.
“We will continue to work with the city to improve bicycle infrastructure, to provide multiple amenities for cyclists, and to promote a livable community where cyclists come together for local rides, special events and advocacy,” she added.
CSULB was among 32 universities that applied for the inaugural bicycle friendly awards, and 20 received the designation. The program recognizes colleges and universities that create exceptional environments where bicycling can thrive and provides a roadmap and technical assistance to create great campuses for bicycling.
“Universities have long served as incubators for developing bike-friendly cultures and practices, and that has a big impact on the expectations that students bring to the workplace and beyond,” said Bill Nesper, director of the league’s Bicycle Friendly America Program. “With the launch of the Bicycle Friendly Universities program, we’re able to highlight the crucial role that academic institutions play in shaping a more bike-friendly future.”
Additionally, CSULB was one of 55 new Bicycle Friendly Businesses, and one of only six to receive this year’s Gold Award in that category. These businesses included restaurants to law offices to universities.
Officials from LAB note that businesses across the country are seeing that there is a good return on investment in promoting bicycling in the workplace, including improved morale and health, reduced parking costs and promoting a healthy and sustainable lifestyle to customers and employees.
The Bicycle Friendly Business and Bicycle Friendly University programs are supported by program partners Bikes Belong and Trek Bicycle’s One World, Two Wheels Campaign.