Mason Is Officially a Bicycle-Friendly University

October 12, 2011Print-Friendly Version

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.


2 Responses

  1. Mason Parking & Transportation says on:

    Many thanks to the groups and people that helped with this. Besides Rick Holt who was our champion for this, wanted to recognize a few others: Tyler Orton-Bike Programs manager, Lenna Storm and Danielle Wyman in Sustainability, Cathy Wolfe in Facilities, Bruce Jackson-University Police, Chris Conklin; Kevin Sitzman-VHB (master planning consultant)and Ann Moran, Karla Posselt, Zanib Rafiq and Lisa Holley in our Transportation office. I am sure I have forgotten others but this recognition is truly a campus effort. -Josh Cantor

  2. Rick Holt says on:

    This was a wonderful example of a collaborative effort. This is what makes Mason such a great place to work. Mason is truly a university where “Innovation is Tradition.” I want to recognize my supervisor, Lori Ann Roth, for supporting my involvement in this effort. Thanks to all who worked so hard to get Mason designated as a Bicycle Friendly University, Thank you to all of the students, faculty and staff who bike to campus, or support biking to campus.

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