Kennesaw State designated Bicycle Friendly University

KSU bus in article about the Diplomacy LabKSU bus (photo by Larry Felton Johnson)

The League of American Bicyclists (LAB) designated Kennesaw State University as a Bicycle Friendly University, in recognition of KSU’s commitment to safe and accessible bicycling on campus.

This was the first time KSU applied for the designation, and the university was given the LAB’s Bronze Award.

According to a  news release from Kennesaw State, the League noted the university’s street closures to minimize traffic in core campus areas, on-campus bike lanes, ample bike parking, and commitment to linking with the countywide trail network, including the Rottenwood Creek and Noonday Creek trails.

The University’s Department of Sports and Recreation Bike Shop also performs safety checks, and offers tune-up stations and classes in cycling.

The news release states, “The Office of Campus Planning and Sustainability, the Department of Sports and Recreation, and the Department of Transportation were instrumental in Kennesaw State’s award application. The three offices created the Bike-Ped Advisory Board, which works to foster effective coordination on bike and pedestrian programming and infrastructure.”

LAB Executive Director Bill Nesper said, “Congratulations to Kennesaw State University for its inclusion in the select class of 45 new and renewing Bicycle Friendly Universities nationwide. The standards for attaining these awards are very high and require deliberate, determined efforts to earn them. Universities and colleges are in a unique leadership position to help encourage and enable people of all ages—especially young adults—to adopt healthy, sustainable habits that can benefit them throughout their lives.”

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