It’s not Babe the Blue Ox, but it could feed Paul Bunyan. Meet Big Blue, UB’s first food truck and, at 30 feet in length, Buffalo’s largest. The behemoth sources ingredients from UB’s campus garden and offers an eclectic menu, from grilled goat cheese and beet sandwiches for the health-conscious to pulled pork mac ‘n’ cheese for the rest of us.
A study that gave more than 3,000 UB students, staff and faculty an unlimited Metro Rail pass for 20 months had some surprising results. Sixty-one percent of participants reported that they walked and bicycled more, and 69 percent said they used their metro pass to visit new places in and around Buffalo. Even the stubborn drivers benefitted—all that extra parking!
UB has installed its first heated bus shelter near O’Brian Hall, on the North Campus. Of the fundamental human needs, shelter from the cold is often the hardest to come by for Buffalo bus commuters. Student Association officers have reportedly made a push for warm shelters in recent years, with happy results for formerly chilly curbside travelers.
UB has been designated a bronze-level bike-friendly campus by the League of American Bicyclists in recognition of the campus’ more than 800 bicycle parking spaces, bike-share program and the new bicycle lane along Lee Rd. Now if we could just get Buffalo drivers to understand that bicycle lanes are not bonus turning lanes.