Southern Illinois University Edwardsville (SIUE) has been named a Bicycle Friendly University in the bronze category by the League of American Bicyclists.

The designation comes after a thorough review focused on five criteria: equity, engineering, education, encouragement, and evaluation and planning. The honor recognizes SIUE’s cyclist-welcoming environment and notes the university’s commitment to the safety and comfortability of cyclists.

“Bicycling is a wonderful means of travel, commuting, recreation, and fitness,” said Campus Recreation Assistant Director Dave Hagedorn. “The current high cost of transportation fuel and growing concerns about climate change complemented by the fact that the Midwest is entering a beautiful time of year to enjoy bicycling all contribute to its value.”

SIUE’s roadways feature wide shoulders and bike lane designations. The university also offers paved and dedicated recreational paths for increased accessibility.

“Madison County Transit’s support for the trails surrounding the SIUE campus is truly remarkable,” said Hagedorn. “SIUE and MCT have joined forces over the years to apply for and receive grants that have supported trails built to connect with numerous pathways throughout our community.

“Also, our partnership with Gateway Off-Road Cyclists has produced other unique features like an extensive network of off-road, singletrack trails that mountain bike enthusiasts and hikers both enjoy and use year-round,” Hagedorn continued. “These, together with the diversity of bicycle offerings, make SIUE stand out.”