UofL earns national recognition for Earn-A-Bike program

More than 1,000 people have received vouchers for bikes

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Oct, 27, 2014) — The Earn-A-Bike program at the University of Louisville has earned national recognition. The program was awarded on Sunday with the Best Case Study from a Four-Year or Graduate Institution with More Than 10,000 Full-Time Students from the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education.

earnabikeAnyone with a valid UofL ID who agrees not to buy a campus parking permit for at least two years is eligible to receive an Earn-A-Bike voucher worth $400 at a local bike shop. Applications are accepted over the summer and vouchers awarded at the start of fall semester.

Earn-A-Bike has been an especially big hit with students, who account for about three-fourths of the 1,170 people who have received vouchers since the program began. This fall, vouchers went to 370 people on UofL’s Belknap and Health Sciences campuses.

“We’re seeing a lot more people riding bikes to and from campus instead of driving motorized vehicles,” said Justin Mog, assistant to the provost for sustainability initiatives. “Not only is that helping reduce the university’s carbon footprint – it’s promoting a healthier lifestyle and saving folks money.”

Last year, UofL became the first school in Kentucky to receive a silver bicycle-friendly university designation from the League of American Bicyclists.

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