11/10/2017 Staff Writer

F&M Designated ‘Bicycle Friendly’ by National Bicyclist Group

For longtime efforts to make the campus safe and accessible for peddling pedestrians, Franklin & Marshall College was awarded on Nov. 8 the Bicycle Friendly University bronze designation by the League of American Bicyclists.

“You should take great pride in the bicycle friendly campus you have created for your students, employees, and visitors,” said Amelia Neptune, director of the League’s Bicycle Friendly America program.

F&M joins a distinguished group of colleges and universities nationwide. The League’s list of 2017 awardees

  • The bike sharing station outside College Square. The bike sharing station outside College Square. Image Credit: Deb Grove

Tom Simpson, F&M’s sustainability coordinator, said the College has done much in recent years to receive this recognition. This includes installing new bike racks, expanding the bike loan fleet with 75 bikes for students, sponsoring a Zagster bike share station, cooperating with Lancaster city and local groups on transportation initiatives, and holding the F&M Bike Fair in September.

“I would guess that we also benefitted from the bicycle initiatives taking place in the city such as new bike lanes,” Simpson said.

The Zagster bike share station recently opened along Harrisburg Pike outside College Square.

Neptune said the designation is good through 2021, after which the League will remind the College to renew its application for designation.

This year’s application was submitted by the College’s Sustainability Committee’s Transportation Working Group, led by Simpson who oversees the bicycle program.

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