The League of American Bicyclists announced the recipients of the first-ever Bicycle Friendly University designations during the National Bike Summit this week in the other Washington. Only one school in Washington was among the first 20 schools awarded the designation: The University of Washington.
The UW got a “silver” rating, which is the third-best designation (behind gold and platinum). Only Stanford University got platinum, and only UC Davis and US Santa Barbara got gold.
The LAB also made 55 new additions to its list of bike-friendly businesses, including two from Seattle: Anderton Law Office (silver) and Compass Bicycles LTD (bronze). They join Seattle Children’s (gold) and Avtech (bronze) as the only Seattle businesses on the list. REI (listed as based in Redmond) got an honorable mention.
Congratulations to all the new additions. As we reported in December, bike parking usage at UW is up 13 percent since last year. Of course, the campus is situated on one of the best urban bike trails in the country, and bike is absolutely the easiest way to get around campus. It is unfortunate that the campus has unfriendly streets like 15th Ave NE, Montlake Blvd. and NE 45th to keep the campus from being as bikeable and walkable as it could be.