BizCycle isn’t just for your typical business. We adapt the BizCycle credit list is adaptable to fit workplaces of all kinds, even one of the state’s top employers—the University of Washington.
The UW Seattle campus has the challenge of promoting and supporting bicycling for faculty, staff and students—over 68,000 people! But the campus’s size and span has not stopped the University from being a national leader in bicycling.
“We decided to apply for BizCycle certification because the University of Washington is striving to be the most bicycle friendly university in the country, and we think it’s important to periodically evaluate our efforts against third-party metrics,” said David Amiton, the recent past Active Transportation Analyst at UW.
While currently nine percent of students, faculty and staff on UW’s Seattle campus pedal to work, 73 percent of commute trips made are biking, walking or transit trips. The accessibility of commute options, Amiton stated, “figures prominently in our ability to attract the best students and employees.”
With 3,635 covered bike parking spaces on campus and 2,678 uncovered visitor bike parking spaces and five bicycle repair stations spread across campus, the University takes their infrastructure seriously. Transportation Services also holds an internal Commute Challenge event among the campus community every November called Ride in the Rain to build camaraderie and momentum into the less-pleasant winter commuting months. Last November, 1,100 students and employees participated, including 50 new commuters. It was a record-breaking year and a huge success.“