Campus Encouraged to Take Two-Wheeled Transport during Bike Week

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For the third time in as many years, Georgia Tech Bike Week is rolling through campus with events and competitions designed to encourage more people to bike on and around campus.

The centerpiece event of the week, which will take place Oct. 7-11, is a weeklong Commuter Challenge, where students, staff, and faculty can log their miles each day on bike.gatech.edu. Participants will be eligible for random prizes, as well as those given for mileage and days ridden. Campus departments will also have the opportunity to compete for "most miles logged," which will earn them a trophy.

The real objective, though, is to welcome newcomers to the campus bike community.

“Our goal is to encourage everyone to consider bicycling, and if they're already riding, to thank them by offering some great activities and some really exciting prizes," said Johann Weber, chair of the Bicycle Infrastructure Improvement Committee and a graduate student in public policy. "Bicycling is a great way to commute and get across campus, and Bike Week is a way to make it even better."

In addition to the commuter competition, other events throughout the week will include:

  • Information tables: Monday, 1-4 p.m., and Tuesday, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Tech Walk.
  • Helmet Decorating: Tuesday, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Student Center. Participants will be entered to win free lights and helmets. 
  • Ride with President G.P. “Bud” Peterson: Wednesday, 4:45 p.m., Trolley Turnaround (adjacent to Student Center and Skiles Building). First Lady Val Peterson will also join this casual ride, along with staff from Capital Planning and Space Management, Parking and Transportation Services, and Facilities.
  • Bike Show: Thursday, 1–3 p.m., Tech Walk. Prizes will be awarded for best commuter bike, best lit bike, best in show, and most unusual.
  • Free Repair Stations: All week, Tech Walk.

Last spring, the BIIC launched an Incident Report Form to encourage cyclists, pedestrians and motorists to report bike-related incidents on campus. The online form allows campus commuters to report incidents that could provide information about areas of campus that need to be addressed for safety and other concerns.

Georgia Tech Bike Week coincides with the month-long Bike to Work Challenge hosted by the Midtown Alliance.

Bike Week partners include the Bicycle Infrastructure Improvement Committee (BIIC), StarterBikes, Students Organizing for Sustainability (SOS), Students for Progressive Transit (SfPT), and GT Cycling Club. For updates throughout the week, visit bike.gatech.edu.

 

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