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Bicycle Friendly Unversity

Bicycle Friendly University (BFU) requirements/progress


Applicants for Bicycle Friendly status are judged in five categories often referred to as the Five Es. The Five Es are

  1. Encouragement,
  2. Education,
  3. Enforcement,
  4. Engineering and
  5. Evaluation & Planning.  



The University must demonstrate achievements in each of the five categories in order to be considered for an award. Institutions with more significant achievements in these areas receive superior awards.  The following is a ongoing collection of known qualifications & progress to achieve the requirements of the Five Es (reference: LAB BFU online scorecard)



Encouragement [E1]

This component is to determine how the college/ university promotes and encourages bicycling. This can be done through organized campus rides as well as producing campus bike maps, signature cycling events, bicycle commuting incentive programs, and a bike share system.  In addition, some questions focus on other things that have been built to promote cycling or a cycling culture such as a campus bike center, a BMX track and the existence of both road and mountain bicycling clubs.


Q&A Encouragement Component (sample Questions from LAB & Answers on NMSU status):

1. Does campus have an up-to-date bicycle map?

2. Are there incentives offered for students and staff that commute by bike?

  • In work: informal discussion with parking & transportation

3. Is there an active bicycle advocacy group at the university?

4. Is there an on-campus bike center for rentals and repairs?


Suggested Goals for Encouragement Component

  • Active campus-wide promotion of bicycle month:
    • Measurable result: NMSU will conduct several activities around Bike Month (this may be a different month than May) focusing on a bike to work/class day.
  • Campus administration as bicycle advocates:
    • Measurable result: Leading administrators at NMSU will support the increasing use of bicycles on and around campus as a means of alternative transportation.
  • Establish advocacy component within campus administrative groups: examples include
    • Sustainability Council (Action to date: established BFU as sustainability council goal ); Outdoor Programs;
    • Parking: (Status: Parking representative on Ped/Bike Safety committee. Advocate on parking study);
    • Police: (Status: Police representative on Ped/Bike Safety committee. Initial action: informal discussion);
    • Wellness:
    • Commuter Club: (example see U Houston, Stanford for models--ours would be a smaller program than those two)
  • Establish advocacy component within campus student groups: examples include
    • OASIS;
    • Triathlon Club (Status: some support from Triathlon club with Aggie Welcome, Further action needed to work with other student groups)
  • Maps, Guides & Wayfinding Signage (under campus planning). :
    • Measurable results: Bicycle routes maps will be easily available on the NMSU website and from (various locations). Bicycle routes and wayfinding signage will be installed at strategic locations around campus. (Planned Actions: to bring to attention of wayfinding committee).


Education [E2]

This is to determine the amount of education there is available for both cyclists and motorists. Education includes teaching cyclists how to ride safely in any area from multi-use paths to congested city streets as well as teaching motorists how to share the road safely with cyclists. These include the availability of cycling education, the number of League Cycling Instructors that are part of the college/ university and in the community, related course and physical education offerings, and other ways that safety information is distributed to both cyclists and motorists on campus including bike maps, new student packets, and the school newspaper.


Q&A Education Component (sample Questions from LAB & Answers on NMSU status):

1. Does the university offer bicycling education classes for students and staff?

  • Yes, 1 per semester (2011), limited attendance to date
  • Local instructors with Legion of American Bicyclist include
    1. Conway, Eugenia, Las Cruces, NM
    2. Hume, Andrew, Las Cruces, NM
    3. Jaffe Castello, Ellen Las Cruces, NM
    4. Schurr, Tammy, Las Cruces, NM

2. Are there classes for campus motorists on how to share the road with cyclists?

  • Yes, In work (10/2011) to include 5 minute segment in DDC classes for NMSU permit


Suggested Goals for Education Component

  • Provide regular basic bicycling skills course: Establish regular schedule to provide (current class) at least three times per year: spring, summer, fall. Class (LAB 123) bike handling skills, basic traffic skills and short road ride by NMSU LAB instructors.  Possible include a helmet, bike lock and tire repair kit.  Find sponsor(s) for this (In work), perhaps WalMart, Target, hospitals; Outdoor Adventures.
    • Measurable result: Cyclists at NMSU will demonstrate effective control of their bicycles.  (Actions: to date - LAB instructors provided two NMSU LAB classes on traffic safety, need to work increase attendance and establish as regular class)
  • Campus enrollment in bicycle skills training: Work with MPO/CLC to schedule courses and advertise those courses on campus.
    • Measurable result: Cyclists at NMSU will ride in a safe and predictable manner and obey traffic rules and devices. (Actions: training and activity announcements included on EH&S website. partial completion)
  • Bicycling safety promotion:  Videos to be posted online and run on monitors across campus
    • Measurable result: Bicycle videos will run at daily on video monitors across the NMSU campus. (Actions: currently EH&S has composed two videos for campus pedestrian safety (a bicycle safety video &  a cart safety video).  Further editing is needed to refine and implement. Action needed to get others video to campus attention)
  • Bicycle route finding (on & to/from campus): Create maps of routes on campus (some in work) & from campus to common destinations in LC and post online. Possible work with Google Maps folks to clean up the campus bike route.
    • Measurable result: A useful route finding map will be made available on the NMSU website, with drivers to the site from several web locations commonly visited by NMSU students, faculty & staff. (Actions: advocate (EH&S) included in facilities group to determine new campus map. Partial completion)
  • Educating Engineers and Planners:
    • Measurable result: NMSU transportation facilities planners and engineers will complete basic training regarding incorporating complete streets and accommodating all modes of transportation. (Action: planned - EH&S to review  pedestrian & bicycle safety (USDOT & AASHTO) standards with new campus civil engineer.)

Engineering [E3]

Engineering refers to what is on the ground; what has been built to promote cycling on campus and in the surrounding community. For example, questions in this category inquire about the adoption of a complete streets policy, training for engineers and planners, and the existence of both well-designed bike lanes and innovative techniques for bicycle accommodation. Reviewers also look at the availability of secure bike parking and the existence of end of trip facilities.


Q&A Engineering Component (sample Questions from LAB & Answers on NMSU status):

1. Does the campus have a comprehensive, connected and well-maintained bicycling network?

  • In work: bicycle paths & marking within pedestrian areas. Bicycle lanes on Steward Avenue, main cross campus road.

2. Is bike parking readily available throughout the campus?

  • Yes, bike rack distribution and capacity counts are on website LINK

3. Is campus easily accessible by bike?

  • In work & discussions over 5 years on pedestrian and bicycle access via University Avenue.
  • Proposed changes to "quiet" reduce vehicle traffic and improve pedestrian safety 


Suggested Goals for Engineering Component

  • Complete Streets:
    • Measurable result: NMSU (appropriate units) will adopt a complete streets philosophy and incorporate it into (appropriate written guidelines). (Action: Status - in work, with Complete street policy information included in website for initial introduction. More to do)
  • Build Bicycling into NMSU Transportation Network:
    • Measurable result: NMSU (appropriate units) will consider bicycling and alternative modes of transportation in all decisions that affect the transportation infrastructure of NMSU. (Action: Status - in work with advocate representative on current 2011 transportation study and request for inclusion in study results)


Enforcement [E4]

This element measures the connections between the cycling and law enforcement communities. Questions address whether or not the law enforcement community has a liaison with the student/ staff cycling community, if there are efforts to prevent bicycle theft, if there are bicycle divisions of the law enforcement or public safety communities, if the campus sponsors targeted enforcement campaigns to encourage cyclists and motorists to share the road safely, and the existence of bicycling related laws such as those requiring helmet or the use of sidepaths.


Q&A Enforcement Component (sample Questions from LAB & Answers on NMSU status):

1. Do campus safety/law enforcement officers receive training on the rights and responsibilities of all road users?

  • Yes (uncertain on coverage for bicyclists?)

2. Does the campus have law enforcement or other public safety officers on bikes?

  • Occasionally over last years, but not regular bicycle patrols

3. Is there a program on campus to prevent bike theft?


Suggested Goals for Enforcement Component

  • Training for Campus Law Enforcement Officers
    • Measurable result: NMSU campus law enforcement officers complete a TS 101 course and will be able to reasonably enforce NMSU bicycle regulations.
  • Strong Laws
    • Measurable results: NMSU police officers will consistently enforce NMSU bicycle regulations. (Status: initial discussion with EH&S centered on additional cost & previous problem of enforcement)
  • Targeted Enforcement
    • Measurable results: NMSU police officers will conduct one “bicycle blitz” per semester to educate students, faculty and staff about NMSU bicycle regulations and enforce those regulations vigorously during the designated time period. (Action: possible include in police outreach program)

Evaluation & Planning [E5]

This judgement is of the systems in place to evaluate current programs and plans for the future. Questions are focused on measuring the amount of cycling taking place on campus, the crash and fatality rates, and ways that the university works to improve these numbers. Institutions are asked about whether or not there is a bike plan, how much of it has been implemented and what the next steps for improvement are. Is there an institutional plan or program to reduce bicyclist crashes?

Q&A Evaluation & Planning Component (sample Questions from LAB & Answers for NMSU):

1. Does the campus have a current comprehensive bicycle plan?

  • Yes, bike facilities, routes and racks are part of 2006 master plan and bicycles are part of the ongoing 2010 transportation/parking study

2. Does the campus have a bicycle program manager?

  • No


Suggested Goals for Evaluation and Planning Component

  • Bike Master Plan:
    • Measurable result: The NMSU Master Plan will have section specifically dedicated to including bicycling and alternative modes of transportation (Status: in work with representative on current 2011 transportation study, also *to review master plan with facility architect) .
  • Bicycle Advisory Committe
    • Measurable results: The NMSU Bicycle Advisory Committee to advise NMSU administrators on a regular basis and submit an annual report of progress and changes
  • Bicycle use statistics / data collection:
    • Measurable results: NMSU will collect baseline data on bicycle usage on the NMSU campus, to be updated annually years (Action in work: EH&S currently determining daily commuter bike usage (daily counts average 530-550 commuter bikes), tracking violations/ complaints, & to establish email survey.  To review with survey group)
  • Joint bicycle facility planning / adovacy with city & county

Campus Surveys & Evaluations


A pedestrian and bicyclist safety survey was conducted by EH&S at the intersection of North Horseshoe at Espina Street in early November 2011.  More . . .



BFU Resources from League of American Bicyclists


  1. Bicycle Friendly University Blueprint (PDF format)


  2. BFU Application (PDF format)


  3. BFU Scorecard points (pdf format)



Examples CLC BFC application

  1. 2011 CLC Application (pdf format) 


  2. 2011 CLC LAB Feedback (pdf format)



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