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UW-Madison: Bike-Friendly Campus

UW-Madison: "The University of Wisconsin–Madison is one of only eight institutions honored as a platinum-level Bicycle Friendly University. The award is the highest given by the League of American Bicyclists, the oldest advocacy organization for people who bike. The Bicycle Friendly University program includes 208 colleges and universities and is part of the league’s Bicycle Friendly America program, which also awards communities and businesses as part of its mission to create a 'bicycle friendly America for everyone.' Designations are given in bronze, silver, gold, and platinum, which is awarded for excellence across the board."

"UW–Madison had previously received a gold designation, given to universities with strong bike cultures but that may still need to offer more accessibility in their bike networks or reach more students and staff with bicycling education and encouragement programs ... Platinum level, according to the league, indicates a strong institutional-level bicycling program as well as active campus and local advocacy groups and student clubs supporting cycling. The Bicycle Friendly University program started in 2011; UW–Madison was recognized in 2011 at the silver level and upgraded to gold in 2015."

"The UW’s renewal application and upgrade to platinum was supported by amenities and improvements such as ... Elm Street Bike Shelter: The soon-to-be-open enclosed bicycle shelter near the Lakeshore residence halls will feature 48 stalls of high-density bike racks, a fix-it station, and free access to those with a Wiscard ... Ten “air and repair” stations located throughout campus ... The University Bicycle Resource Center, for those interested in performing tune-ups to their own bicycles and attending free, monthly events held during the academic year."

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