CSUN has been ranked as one the nation’s most bicycle friendly campuses by the League of American Bicyclists. CSUN was one of 48 universities to earn the distinction for the first time in 2019.
This fall, the league recognized CSUN and other universities and colleges as part of their Bicycle Friendly University program, which promotes and provides the roadmap and technical assistance to make campuses more bike friendly. To determine a university’s bike friendliness, the League of American Bicyclists looks at five essential areas, which they call the “Five E’s:”
- Engineering (Are there safe and convenient places to ride and park?)
- Education (Do people of all ages and abilities have the skills and confidence to ride?)
- Encouragement (Does the campus have a strong bike culture that welcomes and celebrates bicycling?)
- Enforcement (Are roads made safe for all users?)
- Evaluation and Planning (Is bicycling a safe and viable transportation option?)
An unofficial “Sixth E” is also embraced at CSUN: Equity, Diversity and Inclusion, to ensure that bicycling is accessible.
CSUN has worked to make campus safe for pedestrians and all students, faculty, staff and visitors, while accommodating various methods of personal transportation. At the beginning of the fall semester, Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students William Watkins chaired a meeting to discuss the impact of scooters, skateboards and bicycles. Police Chief Gregory Murphy is also developing a plan for enhanced safety for personal methods of transportation.
The League of American Bicyclists is a membership organization that works to create safer roads and environments for bicycling and encouraging bicycling over other modes of transportation whenever possible. For more information, visit https://bikeleague.org.