BANNER ELK, N.C. — Today, the League of American Bicyclists recognized Lees-McRae with a Silver Bicycle Friendly University (BFUSM) award, joining more than 150 visionary colleges and universities from across the country.
With the announcement of 51 new and renewing BFUs today from 25 states, Lees-McRae joins a cutting-edge group of colleges and universities across the United States transforming their campuses and the communities around them. There are now 164 BFUs in 44 states and Washington, D.C.
Lees-McRae joins alongside Duke University to become the only two private colleges in North Carolina with a distinction from the League of American Bicyclists. In total, only eight colleges in North Carolina—both private and public—have received an award from the League.
“In its fifth year, we’ve seen the Bicycle Friendly University program’s momentum continue to grow and reach even more campuses across the country,” said Programs Director Bill Nesper. “We applaud this round of BFUs for raising the standard and being innovative in making bicycling a safe, convenient and enjoyable option for students, staff and visitors alike.”
Moving forward, Lees-McRae will have access to a variety of free tools and technical assistance from the League to become even more bicycle-friendly.
“We are delighted to be designated a Bicycle Friendly College,” said Lees-McRae President Barry Buxton. “We are passionate about cycling and believe in the value of the bicycling experience.”
In addition to ten national team cycling championships and countless individual championships, Lees-McRae offers a unique Cycling Studies Minor in the School of Business and Management.
School of Business and Management Adjunct Instructor, Ted Silver, who also oversees the majority of the Cycling Studies Minor, said the award not only reflects Lees-McRae’s commitment to both the minor and the team, “but also our effort to increase awareness, cycling safety education and advocacy.”
Lees-McRae Head Cycling Coach, Tim Hall, said the award validates the pursuit to provide a more enriching experience at the college, “and what it will mean for our community moving forward.”
“At Lees-McRae, bicycling will always run in our veins and be a critical part of our institutional culture,” Buxton said.
To apply or learn more about the free BFU program, visit the League online at www.bikeleague.org/university.
Nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains of western North Carolina, Lees-McRae College is a private, four-year college offering diverse baccalaureate degrees, strong athletic programs and outstanding faculty. Field-specific career preparation and hands-on learning enhance the broad core curriculum. For more information, please visit www.lmc.edu or call 828.898.5241.