Mason Is Officially a Bicycle-Friendly University

Posted: October 12, 2011 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: October 11, 2011 at 8:46 pm

Mason was recently designated as a “Bicycle Friendly University” by the League of American Bicyclists. Mason is one of only 26 universities nationwide that received this recognition.

The Bicycle Friendly University program recognizes institutions of higher education for promoting and providing a more bicycle-friendly campus to students, staff and visitors. The program evaluates the university’s efforts to promote bicycling in five categories: engineering, education, encouragement, enforcement and evaluation. It then grades the university as platinum, gold, silver or bronze.

“We still have a lot to do as we continue to build and refine several different transportation programs,” says Josh Cantor, director of Parking and Transportation. “But it’s definitely nice to be recognized in such a positive light after a lot of hard work on the part of so many people throughout the university.”

Rick Holt, Human Resources trainer and a noted bike enthusiast, spearheaded the application process, which was a collaborative effort among many offices, including HR, Parking and Transportation, Facilities, University Police and Sustainability.

On the coattails of winning the award, Mason’s Transportation Department will host a film showing on Wednesday, Oct. 19. “With My Own Two Wheels” will be shown on all three campuses at the following locations:

Prince William Campus – 11 a.m., Occoquan Building, Verizon Auditorium

Fairfax Campus – 3 p.m., Johnson Center, Dewberry Hall North

Arlington Campus – 7:30 p.m., Founders Hall Auditorium

Each showing is free to the public and will be followed by a Q&A with the film’s producer.


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