DU Bicycle Friendliness Resolution Passed

Good News!

This spring, Transportation Solutions published a Bicycle Friendly Universities report for the University of Denver.  The report details a number of issues related to the bicycle-friendliness of the campus area, and recommends how the University can work to improve the safety and effectiveness of bicycling infrastructure for the DU community.

In response, the DU Transportation Subcommittee drafted a resolution to adopt the recommendations of the report, and presented it to the University Sustainability Council on May 10, 2012.  After a great discussion (see the meeting minutes), the council voted unanimously to support the resolution.  We hope that the resolution will help to ensure that the DU community actively supports a safe and effective Bicycle and Pedestrian infrastructure in the DU area.  If you wish to join this effort, please contact us!  The text of the resolution is below, and can also be accessed here.

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DU Transportation Sustainability Survey

DU Students: Please take the DU Transportation Sustainability survey!

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This is part of DU’s Sustainability and Transportation course, in which students studying the social and environmental elements of transportation and learning to promote healthier ways of meeting individual and community needs while reducing the social and environmental impacts of mobility practices.  The survey will investigate the transportation behavior of DU students, both on and off-campus.  The data is collected anonymously and will be used to complete the student research project, and to inform the University Sustainability Council in its ongoing work to eliminate DU’s carbon footprint.

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Bicycle Friendliness Resolution: Passed

DU Bicycle Friendliness Resolution

DU Bicycle Friendliness Resolution

Good news for Bicyclists and Pedestrians in the DU Area – the University of Denver Sustainability Council supports your transportation habits.

This morning, during the University Sustainability Council’s May 2012 meeting, the DU Transit Committee presented a Bicycle Friendliness Resolution.  The resolution states the following:

The University of Denver is committed to reducing its carbon footprint by 24% before the year 2020, with the ultimate goal to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050.1  A recent assessment concluded that approximately 12% of the university’s carbon footprint resulted from vehicular emissions of students, faculty, and staff members commuting to and from campus.  In the same time period, DU bicycle and pedestrian commuters contributed to 0% of the university’s carbon footprint.2  In the effort to further reduce DU’s carbon footprint, the University Sustainability Council wishes to engage the campus community and the general public in an effort to support a safe bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure surrounding campus.  To this end, the University accepts the recommendations of  the Bicycle Friendly Universities report3 published in the Spring of 2012 by Transportation Solutions,4 and will actively work toward achieving the goals stated therein, with specific emphasis on the following points:

● Ensure community access to safe bicycle and pedestrian paths to and from campus, and supply sufficient bicycle parking for campus commuters.

● Aim to satisfy the Bicycle Friendly University standards, as described by the League of American Bicyclists.5

● Promote community awareness of bicycle and pedestrian traffic laws, campus security protocol, bicycle policy enforcement, and general commuter safety.

● Utilize local publications, campus events, student orientation week, social media, and other venues to implement innovative outreach campaigns.

● Maintain working relationships with the City of Denver, local organizations, and other relevant stakeholders to accelerate the city’s existing bicycle and pedestrian network improvement plans6 in the DU Vicinity.

● Work with DU faculty, staff, and students to promote teaching and learning of transportation sustainability, both in the university’s curriculum and in extracurricular campus activities.

The resolution aims to officially express DU’s support for the recommendations outlined in the recent report, Comparative Analysis of Bicycling Around Campus: Comparing Bicycle Friendly University Standards to the University of Denver.

After a lively discussion on transportation infrastructure in the DU area, the University Sustainability council unanimously passed the resolution.  You can read the resolution in full here.

The Report is Out! Comparative Analysis of Bicycling Around Campus: Comparing Bicycle Friendly University Standards to the University of Denver

HAPPY EARTH MONTH!!

At this month’s April DU Sustainability Council meeting, Masters of Resources Law Studies (MRLS) student Ryan McCann presented an extensive report detailing ways for DU to become a more bicycle friendly campus. In addition to being a student at the Sturm College of Law, McCann has spent the past year serving as Program Fellow with the non-profit Transportation Solutions where he has met with key stake holders and become familiar with city/local, state, national, and even international bicycle policies, laws, and best practices. While serving as Fellow, McCann was tasked with composing a report that analyzed the campus’ and city’s master bicycle plans. He then contacted universities that have been awarded/recognized as Bicycle Friendly Universities by the League of American Bicyclists and cross-referenced his information to see where DU is succeeding and what it can do better to attain Bicycle Friendly University recognition. Next month the DU Sustainability Council will meet and vote on whether to adopt the report and make further recommendations. The meeting will take place May 10th at 8:30am in Driscoll 1880. If you missed McCann’s presentation and have yet to review his report, have a look at the attached materials.

Following his presentation McCann commented on the importance and need to provide a more bicycle friendly university,

“There is no better time than now to turn DU into one of the most bicycle friendly universities in the country. A report came out just last week titled, Transportation and the New Generation: Why Young People Are Driving Less and What It Means for Transportation Policy. The report is pure poetry for alternative transportation advocates. In 2009, 16 – 34 year olds as a whole took 24% more bike trips than they took 2001, despite the age group shrinking in size by 2%. 77% of the youth (16 – 34 y/o) plan to live in urban centers! 77%!—and I’m one of them. For the first time ever, since World War II and our nation’s sprawling development, people are starting to alter their traveling behaviors.

I think DU already does a fantastic job at promoting sustainability but one area that needs work and we are working on is getting students, staff, faculty, and employees to commute more sustainably—this means teaching users what choices they have.… and with regard to bicycling, how to be an urban bicycle commuter. DU’s campus is fertile ground for teaching this and I hope my report will help us get one step closer to being the most bicycle friendly university in the country…well at least state, let’s give CSU a run for their money.”

For questions/comments about campus bicycle friendliness, please contact McCann at his email address (rmccann@transolutions.org) or post a comment on our Transportation Center blog–we love reading your opinions, keep them coming!! 😀

Bicycle Friendly University Comparative Analysis

Power Point: Bicycle Friendly University Recommendations

Transportation and the New Generation: Why Young People Are Driving Less and What It Means for Transportation Policy

Space for a Rant

The Transportation Center Blog is considering the addition of a page that will allow you to submit pictures, videos, and comments of people infringing on traffic regulations. Is there something you’ve seen or a vehicle that you’ve encountered that really grinds your drivetrain? Perhaps you caught the culprit in action by video/photo or simply have a rant to share. We want to see/hear what went wrong on your commute. All transportation users are being asked to submit. Motorists, let us know if you catch a pedestrian or cyclists in the wrong. Light rail & bus riders, did something noteworthy occur on your commute today? And cyclists, did a motorist get too close to you or impede your ROW?–How about a cop car in the bike lane!? Checkout out the video below for an example of what we’re looking for and (please) fill out the following poll to let us know if you’d like to see more pics, videos, and/or comments like these.

Do Bike Paths Promote Bike Riding?

Have you ever heard a bicycle advocate repeat those famed words from Field of Dreams, “If you build it, they will come” and wondered if that was actually true? Bicycle advocates have long touted that the addition of bicycle lanes, paths and cycle-tracks encourages and convinces commuters to choose bicycles over automobiles–or whatever form of transport previously being used. Contributing writer of The Atlantic Cities, Eric Jaffe attempts to answer this Field of Dreams bicycle concept by assessing and comparing multiple studies in his article, “Do Bike Paths Promote Bike Riding?” You’ll have to click the link to find out but we will say….bicyclists will come 😉

If you’re still interested in this concept watch the clip we’ve provided, “How the Dutch got their cycle paths” to find out and see how Amsterdam, Netherlands became the most bicycle friendly city in the world. You might be surprised to learn that Amsterdam once stood on the brink of becoming an auto dependent city until a movement for change began in the 1970s. Do you think Denver will ever be on par with Amsterdam or Minneapolis or Portland for that matter? What about DU? Could the University be the next most Bicycle Friendly University in the country? Perhaps. One thing is for sure, we’ll need your support and opinions to accomplish this! Let us know what you think by clicking above on “Bicycle suggestions” or comment below.

Bike to the Oscars Challenge

Writer/blogger Ted Johnson is challenging celebrities to bike to this Sunday’s Academy Awards show in a series of posts featured on Commute by Bike. You can tune to ABC on February 26th at 7 pm (EST) to see if anyone accepts Johnson’s challenge–and (of course) find out who this year’s winners are! Comedian Zach Galifianakis has been called out to accept the challenge while others hope to see reigning “Sexiest Man Alive” Bradley Cooper roll in by bike for his red carpet appearance. What about the ladies? Designers design bike friendly gowns right? So we shall see!! 😀