Kent State Awarded for Bicycle-Friendly Campus

Kent State University was recognized with a bronze Bicycle Friendly University award from the League of American Bicyclists.

The Bicycle Friendly University award is presented to colleges and universities for their efforts toward making campuses safe and accessible for bicyclists. Kent State joins 164 bicycle-friendly universities in 44 states and Washington, D.C.

With this bronze award, Kent State will now have access to a variety of free tools and technical assistance from the League of American Bicyclists to become even more bicycle friendly.

Bill Nesper, programs director for the League of American Bicyclists, said in a statement that the Bicycle Friendly University program’s momentum has continued to expand to more college campuses across the country in its five years.

“We applaud this round of Bicycle Friendly University award winners for raising the standard and being innovative in making bicycling a safe, convenient and enjoyable option for students, staff and visitors alike,” Nesper says.

Melanie Knowles, manager of sustainability, says Kent State has been working toward a Bicycle Friendly University award for many years.

“Making the campus bicycle- and pedestrian-friendly supports healthy movement, reduces the expense and pollution associated with cars and promotes a sense of community,” Knowles says.

Kent State offers students bicycle-friendly options. Flashfleet is the Kent Campus’ bike-renting service where students can rent one of 60 bikes for a fee at multiple locations including residence halls and downtown Kent. For students who bring their own bikes, more than 2,000 bike racks can be found across campus.

Bike lanes exist on the Lefton Esplanade and more will be added on Summit Street as the construction project is completed.

Christopher John, assistant director of outdoor adventure at Kent State’s Department of Recreational Services, says receiving a bronze Bicycle Friendly University award is the work of multiple departments across Kent State.

“The award signifies that it doesn’t rely on a single person or department,” John says. “Recreational Services and the Office of Sustainability are just some of the moving parts that are making sure bikes are a priority on campus. We also thank the Division of Student Affairs, Undergraduate Student Government and the city of Kent for their support of the Flashfleet program.”

For more information about the Bicycle Friendly University program, visit

For more information about Kent State’s Office of Sustainability, visit

POSTED: Thursday, January 12, 2017 01:56 PM
Updated: Thursday, December 8, 2022 08:24 PM
Kate Schwanke