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Emory Named Among 20 Bicycle Friendly Schools

One of two Southeast universities to win the award

students may have a tougher time convincing mom and dad to let them bring their car to school next year.

Emory was named a national Bicycle Friendly University by the League of American Bicyclists on Wednesday.

The Bicycle Friendly University program recognizes schools that “create exceptional environments where bicycling can thrive,” according to a news release from Emory.

The league said Emory’s programs for students and staff to ride around campus helped Emory stand out among the applicants.

In 2007, Emory launched Bike Emory, which encourages students and staff to ride bikes.

“This award demonstrates, on a national level, that Emory is committed to supporting cycling as a healthy transportation choice,” Jamie Smith, director of the Bike Emory program, said.

Some “incentives” noted by the League of American Bicyclists include:

  • "Students, faculty and staff are eligible to buy new bicycles and accessories at a discount (10-15 percent off)."
  • "During orientation students can pre-order new bicycles from Bike Emory at a deeper discount with a free helmet, u-lock, in-room delivery and 90 days of free maintenance."
  • "Bicycle commuters are eligible for a parking pass that allows them to park a car 20 days a year and are eligible for the Guaranteed Ride Home program: a reliable ride home if an unexpected event occurs during work hours."
  • "A 'mobile' repair center to campus twice a week. The repair center is staffed by professional mechanics, provides discounted bicycle repairs and free deliveries of parts and accessories."

To learn more about Bike Emory, visit the program’s website.

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