The League of American Bicyclists received the University of Vermont with a silver medal as a Bicycle Friendly University. This is a step forward from the previous award of Bronze in 2011. Now UVM joins the City of Burlington in it's quest for Gold! Recent changes included the creation of a bicycle coordinator position at the university. With the help of the coordinator, Douglas Connelly, the UVM Bicycle Education Center opened in spring 2011. The Bicycle Education Cener is a full service work space where students can learn bicycle maintenance and get free assistance each afternoon. The Center helps hundreds of students each semester, and the campus Bike Share reached new rider records in Spring of 2014. UVM Transportation and Parking Services recently purchased 25 new inverted-U bicycle racks to handle the growth in bicyclists. Students from numerous classes have been brainstorming solutions to address bicycling challenges, and the Clean Energy Fund has committed funds to research campus infrastructure, consult with outside experts, and with TPS, develop an Active Transportation Plan.
The Bike Sharing Program, student initiated and coordinated by the Bike User's Group (BUG), launched in March 2011. The short videos below are on BUG and on how the Bike Sharing Program works at UVM.
presented by Jesse Simmons '11 on March 16, 2011 at Environmental Forum meeting.
Jesse Simmons '11 presented at the March Environmental Forum meeting on the upcoming launch of a Bike Share pilot program at UVM on March 28th. This program was initiated by students of the Bike Users Group (BUG) .
Jesse Simmons presentation can be found here.
"The Bike Users Group (BUG) of the University of Vermont strives to increase bike accessibility,knowledge, and infrastructure for the shared benefit of our physical and environmental health. BUG aims toprovide a bike sharing program andstudent run bike shop where everyone from bike enthusiasts to beginners can find education on bike maintenance, safety, and the benefits of emission-free transportation."
With the help of the Office of Sustainability, Risk Management, Campus Planning Services, and Transportation & Parking, BUG agreed on an implementation plan, criteria for success, roles and responsibilities for the Bike Share program. Phase I of the pilot program begins on March 28th with the set up 3 bike hubs and 17 bikes. The hubs will be located on Trinity campus (@ McAuley), Davis Center, and Redstone campus (@ Simpson). The bikes are customized and made by Workmans Cycle.