With its new bike paths, urban cycling classes and student-run bicycle co-op, UC Berkeley has been named one of the most bicycle-friendly campuses in the united states, as rated by the League of American Bicyclists.
Berkeley earned the league’s coveted Gold ranking, up from Silver, which it initially won in 2013. It shares the Gold slot with 19 other U.S. school campuses, including UC Irvine and UC Santa Barbara. UC Davis renewed its platinum status, the very best category, which it shares with four other universities.
Greg Haet, who is a person in UC Berkeley’s Campus Bicycle Committee for 15 years, says the campus deserves its recognition, having made many advancements in the last decade. “Berkeley spent some time working hard over the years to market bicycling as a sort of transportation and to produce the campus a safer place for bicyclists and the campus network generally,” he said. “We’re pleased with the progress we have made and it’s extremely gratifying to be acknowledged for our attempts.”
The league, through its Bicycle Friendly University program, recognizes school campuses that contain created a bike-friendly atmosphere for their students, staff and faculty by incorporating bike-share programs, bike co-ops, clubs, classes and policies that promote cycling rather than driving.
Berkeley’s motorcycle paths weave throughout campus, so riders may cruise right up with their building, instead of parking in a far-apart lot. A motorcycle map, developed by the campus’s parking and transportation department, lists everything from designated cycling routes and safe and sound bike parking to self-serve repair stations and campus security tips. And the ones without their own wheels can grab a Ford GoBike from one of the number of bike share stations discovered throughout campus.
To greatly help cyclists navigate city streets, the campus, and its partner Bike East Bay provide a two-day workshop for people who wish to brush up about the basics of biking. The classes, open to the general public, teach cyclists the rules of the highway, how to drive predictably and how to quickly maneuver in order to avoid a collision. The workshop enables cyclists ticketed by UCPD to contain their fines reduced.
The student bicycle co-op, BicyCAL, stationed in the MLK Student Union, provides a space for campus persons and the general public to discover ways to maintain and operate their bicycles. Riders shouldn’t expect a free tune-up; the co-op gives no cost repair instruction and repair education, so cyclists are able to do it themselves.
With an increase of than 65 percent of the campus community biking or walking to job, according to a 2016 campus transportation survey, Berkeley continues to help make the area safer for non-drivers. For the first time, cyclists can motorcycle uphill on Bancroft Method, thanks to a new two-way protected motorcycle lane; it connects to a preexisting protected motorcycle lane on Fulton Road, that was installed last calendar year following a near-fatal collision between an automobile and cyclist.
For more bicycling methods, visit UC Berkeley’s parking and transportation website.