If you have been following along on Twitter, lots of interesting and exciting reports have been coming from the League of American Bicyclists, Alliance of Minnesota, and Ray LaHood (Secretary of Transportation). Secretary LaHood spoke at the podium and got the crowd charged up with his message for the 2011 National Bike Summit “we have work to do”. While we recognize this as some hard-core pandering (telling bike activists to work), we appreciate and applaud the message, because above all else it was “we” meaning the Federal Government included.
In other Minnesota specific news,the League of American Bicyclists announced the first ever awards of “Bicycle Friendly University.” In total 32 institutions applied for the label, however, only 20 received the designation, including our own University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. The U of MN received a silver designation, however, considering that only one platinum award was handed out (Stanford University) and two gold awards were handed out (California Davis, California Santa Barbara), we are doing pretty well. With the coming bicycle center, this can only improve the U’s chances to upgrade its status in the coming years. Also making it onto the list was the University of Wisconsin, Madison (
booooo). See the complete list of BFU’s (Bicycle Friendly Universities) here.
In other awards new, the City of Minneapolis was awarded a Bicycle Friendly Business gold designation, for their work encouraging cycling (as an employer). The City of Minneapolis was the only Governmental Entity to receive the Gold Designation at the 2011 conference in the category of Bicycle Friendly Business, and in our eyes that is pretty impressive.
Another Minnesota business, Clockwork Active Media Systems, received their first award as a bicycle friendly business, receiving a Bronze for their work. Last, but not least, Erik’s bumped up their award from Bronze to Silver.
Congratulations to everyone, and thanks for the hard work!
Find more information about the Bike Summit at the League of American Bicyclists website.