The University of Louisiana at Lafayette (UL Lafayette) has been named a “bicycle-friendly campus” by the League of American Bicyclists. For its efforts in making cycling safer for students, UL Lafayette earned a bronze award. This award may seem insignificant to some, but the League of American Bicyclists only recognizes 127 universities and colleges nationwide.
Developing cycling infrastructure can help students avoid the catastrophic consequences of bicycle accidents, which can cause death or permanent disability. There are two major changes at UL Lafayette that should help improve bicycle safety.
- Bike lanes can be extremely effective at separating traffic, pedestrians and cyclists. UL Lafayette recently installed bike lanes as part of a joint project with the Lafayette Consolidated Government. The American Journal of Public Health claims bike lanes cut the risk of injury by 50 percent. The numbers are clear: bike lanes serve to help cyclists avoid accidents.
- UL Lafayette also hosts bicycle maintenance workshops. These workshops can help ensure bicycles are safe to ride and less likely to have dangerous mechanical failures. Maintenance workshops can teach students how to avoid mechanical failure accidents. For example, bicycle cranks can come loose and break, sending cyclists flying off their bikes at high speed.
Bicycle Safety Can Save the Lives of Lafayette College Students
Many college students use cycling to get around town. Bicycle accidents can cause traumatic brain injuries and spinal cord injuries, which can severely reduce the quality of life for accident survivors. Students should have the infrastructure and cycling safety education in place that can help prevent accidents capable of causing death or permanent injuries.