Lees-McRae College has been named a Gold Bicycle Friendly University by the League of American Bicyclists.

High Country Press reports Lees-McRae, which has nearly 1,000 students, is the smallest educational institution in the country to receive the Gold-level designation, and is able to rank alongside larger institutions with more resources through its dedication to campus accessibility and education about the benefits of cycling.

According to the report, Lees-McRae's commitment to cycling can be seen in its endeavors to create a campus culture and infrastructure that promote biking, as well as in its Cycling Studies minor, the only academic program of its kind in the US, and its champion men’s and women’s cycling teams.

Lees-McRae will be dedicating the month of March as Bike Month, a celebration of biking and the college’s status as a Bicycle Friendly University. There will be special events and activities to promote biking on campus.

The Bicycle Friendly University program now includes 212 colleges and universities in 47 states and the District of Columbia.

Learn more at LMC.edu.