The bicycle planning practices and networks at Clemson Peer Institution and potential Clemson Transportation Peer Institution Virginia Polytechnic Institute (Virginia Tech), Cornell University and the University of Maryland were reviewed to understand how these institutions addressed bikeway facility development and related topics. The schools were selected based on similar community influence and/or size, climate, topography, institution type, and transportations issues.
|Clemson University||Cornell University||Virginia Tech||University of Maryland|
|City||Clemson, SC||Cornell University||Virginia Tech||University of Maryland|
|University Enrollment (2009)||20,494||20,053||32,827||42,586|
|Climate & Topography||Hilly, humid summers and cool, dry winters.||Hilly, sometimes hot and humid summers, cold, snowy winters.||Somewhat hilly, summers warm and humid, winters cool to cold with warm periods.||Somewhat hilly, warm spring, fall, cool winters.|
These institutions were chosen because each achieved various awards in alternative transportation excellence. The University of Maryland and Virginia Tech were recognized as a Best Workplaces for Commuters by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Department of Transportation. The University of Maryland and Cornell University had achieved the League of American Bicyclist’s Bronze Certification Level in the Bicycle Friendly University Program. The Bicycle Friendly University Program was developed by the League of American Bicyclists to recognize institutions of higher education for promoting and providing a more bicycle-friendly campus for students, staff and visitors. The program provides a roadmap and technical assistance to create better bicycling environments at institutions of higher learning.
A summary of university bicycle infrastructure and program elements from these university are found below.