MSU hosts regional conference in honor of national bike to work month
May 24, 2016
The Michigan State Bikes Advisory Committee, MSU Bikes and IPF hosted the Bicycle Friendly America Conference May 19.
The event, held in the Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center, featured a number of experts from across the U.S, discussing how to create a bike friendly community. Speakers came from a variety of organizations, including the League of American Bicyclists, the League of Michigan Bicyclists, local businesses and universities around the Midwest.
Dan Bollman, IPF Associate Vice President, and opening speaker at the event, emphasized how necessary programs like the bike conference are to the university and the community.
“It’s exciting to have so many bicycle enthusiasts here,” he said at the podium. “This is an important event for campus. “Effective, positive change only occurs when we gather, collaborate and discuss issues.”
Attendees that were new to MSU’s campus raved about the areas accommodation for non-motor transportation.
“This is the 193rd city I’ve visited, and MSU is one of the most bicycle friendly campuses I’ve been to,” said Steve Clark, Bike Friendly Community Coach for the League of American Bicyclists. “People around here are embracing the idea of a bike friendly America like never before.”
The conference included morning and afternoon breakout sessions. Steve Sanders, Alternative Transportation Manager for the University of Minnesota, headlined the afternoon sessions with a presentation on becoming a platinum-level bicycle friendly university. MSU was promoted from the bronze to silver level in 2015.
Steve Sanders, Alternative Transportation Manager for the University of Minnesota, presented multiple strategies on how to become a platinum-level bicycle friendly university.
“There was a lot of work that went into this,” said Gus Gosselin, chair of the MSU Bikes Advisory Committee and one of the primary coordinators of the event. “After months of planning it was great to see everything run smoothly. I think the attendees took a lot from all information. Hopefully we can do it again next year.”
In honor of National Bike Month, there were many other bike-related events held on and near campus. See a recap of those events here.
There was also an open house held earlier this month at the MSU bike shop. Find out more about the event here:
MSU Bike Service Center celebrates 10th anniversary
The mission of the MSU Bike Service Center is clear: Promote a healthy environment by providing environmentally friendly transportation - and a place on campus that students and faculty can take their bikes for general maintenance and repairs. The bike center also provides bike rentals and hosts regular bike sales.
In addition to 10 years, including an expansion of the porch in front of the center, installation of an electronic-assist door and safety railings to make it completely accessible for all of its customers, plus a host of other bike-friendly facilities installed over the past 10 years that campus and area cyclists enjoy daily, like bike lanes and newer shared-use paths throughout campus. As of this year, 70 percent of MSU campus roads have bike lanes. Other facilities for MSU bike commuters are described here. A video from the event can be seen here.
In the fall of 2015, MSU was upgraded to silver Bike Friendly University status by the League of American Bicyclists. More about the League’s university program can be seen here.
The MSU Bike Service Center is located in Bessey Hall, room B10, along the north river trail. Learn more here: http://bikes.msu.edu/