Of all the college campuses across the United States, only 75 can officially be called “Bike Friendly Universities” and WKU is now among them.
The League of American Bicyclists praised Western Kentucky for the leading the way to a healthier, more sustainable future. For the university’s Parking and Transportation director Dr. Jennifer Tougas, that’s the whole point.
“Bicycling is a very economical way to get around on short trips around town and it saves students who are strapped on cash a lot of money," said Tougas. "It also has a lot of health benefits as well.”
She says the addition of bike lanes along Chestnut Street and over 600 bike rack spots has been worth the investment.
"From the university’s point of view, if we can reduce parking demand that reduces the need to build more parking decks which are extremely costly or to build additional parking lots which have additional environmental effects."