|Gerald Vander Mey
Clemson University is committed to being a state and national leader, aiming to be one of the top 20 public institutions by 2020. With that goal in mind, we are taking steps to transform the way we work, learn, play, move and live.
In 2007, President Barker signed the American College and University Presidents’ Climate Commitment along with more than 750 institutions of higher learning across the country. In 2009, the President’s Commission on Sustainability was formed to guide the university community on matters of energy, conservation and transportation through specific action steps outlined in the Clemson University Sustainability Action Plan. Through this commission, campus sustainability has becomes a guiding principle within the campus culture.
Campus recreation also plays an important role in campus life. The natural landscape provides many inspirational places and facilities for people to enjoy. Students can play on the green, lush fields on campus, read under trees, relax on the beach and explore the acres of the Clemson Experimental Forest.
Developing a bikeway system supports the University’s commitment to environmental sustainability and provides engaging opportunities to promote health and wellness for active lifestyles for members of the Clemson community. This plan outlines a comprehensive network of bike lanes, shared roadways, shared use paths and mountain biking trails that connects the entire extended campus. Looking at previous campus planning efforts, a history of the Clemson Experimental Forest and how other university and colleges have been transformed by bicycle infrastructure investments, this plan hopes to provide a framework for developing an integrated, comprehensive bikeway network at Clemson University.