Kennesaw State named a Bicycle Friendly University
On-campus bike lanes, parking and off-campus trails cited
KENNESAW, Ga. (Nov 15, 2018) — In recognition of Kennesaw State’s commitment to sustainability and achievements in promoting and enabling safe, accessible bicycling on campus, the University has been designated as a Bicycle Friendly University by the League of American Bicyclists.
The League, which is a national organization dedicated to creating safer roads and stronger communities, has awarded Kennesaw State the Bronze Award. This is the first time University has applied for this recognition.
In awarding KSU, the League noted the University’s infrastructure planning for street closures to minimize traffic in core campus areas, creation of on-campus bike lanes and ample bike parking, and commitment to improved connectivity to access to an extensive countywide trail network that includes the trails at Rottenwood Creek and Noonday Creek.
KSU’s bicyclists also have access to a comprehensive range of services, including free safety checks and adjustments, through the University’s Department of Sports and Recreation Bike Shop. In addition to tune-ups and fix-it stations, cycling classes are offered, and students may borrow bikes for a few days or an entire semester. Access to the Zagster bike rental program also is available on the Marietta Campus.
The Office of Campus Planning and Sustainability, the Department of Sports and Recreation, and the Department of Transportation were instrumental in Kennesaw State’s award application. The three offices created the Bike-Ped Advisory Board, which works to foster effective coordination on bike and pedestrian programming and infrastructure.
“Congratulations to Kennesaw State University for its inclusion in the select class of 45 new and renewing Bicycle Friendly Universities nationwide,” said League Executive Director Bill Nesper.
“The standards for attaining these awards are very high and require deliberate, determined efforts to earn them,” Nesper said. “Universities and colleges are in a unique leadership position to help encourage and enable people of all ages—especially young adults—to adopt healthy, sustainable habits that can benefit them throughout their lives.”
– Robert S. Godlewski
Photos by Lauren Kress
A leader in innovative teaching and learning, Kennesaw State University offers more than 150 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees to its approximately 38,000 students. With 13 colleges on two metro Atlanta campuses, Kennesaw State is a member of the University System of Georgia and the third-largest university in the state. The university’s vibrant campus culture, diverse population, strong global ties and entrepreneurial spirit draw students from throughout the region and from 92 countries across the globe. Kennesaw State is a Carnegie-designated doctoral research institution (R2), placing it among an elite group of only 6 percent of U.S. colleges and universities with an R1 or R2 status, and one of the 50 largest public institutions in the country. For more information, visit kennesaw.edu.