At a recent Sustainability Council meeting, DU student group The Social Brink asked if we’d like to participate in a community art project. The group organizes students around social entrepreneurship and innovation, and their aim was to transform several old doors into colorful representations of social change. We volunteered to create a transportation-themed door, and decided to focus on bicycle transit in honor of Bike to Work Day/Month. Scroll down for images of the painting process and the final result!
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.
DU Students: Please take the DU Transportation Sustainability survey!
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.
It will take 5 minutes of your time – please complete the survey now.
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) or post a comment on our Transportation Center blog–we love reading your opinions, keep them coming!! 😀