Campus Celebrates Second Annual Bike Week

Though Monday will begin five days of celebration for the use of two-wheeled transportation on campus, you need not own a bicycle to enjoy the offerings of Bike Week.

Bike Week 2011 Repairs
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Jonathan Murphy, student volunteer from Starter Bikes, assists a student in repairing her bike on Tech Walk during Georgia Tech Bike Week.

The Bicycle Infrastructure Improvement Committee (BIIC) crafted events with both current and potential cyclists in mind throughout the week of Oct. 22-26. Additional information for all events can be found at bike.gatech.edu.

All Week

  • Scavenger Hunt: Mount your bike and hunt campus for clues and the chance to win prizes. To get started, pick up a clue sheet on Tech Walk on Monday between Noon and 4 p.m.
  • Commuter Challenge: Log mileage at bike.gatech.edu and compete for more prizes.

Monday and Wednesday

  • Free maintenance and information on Tech Walk: Provided by the BIIC, Starter Bikes, Students Organizing for Sustainability, Students for Progressive Transit and the GT Cycling Club. [Monday: Noon to 4 p.m., Wednesday: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.]
  • Repair Class for Women: A chance for female cyclists to get their questions answered and learn practical knowledge to make some of their own bicycle repairs. [Starter Bikes, 6 –9 p.m.]

Wednesday

  • Ride with the President: This will be a casual ride through campus with President G.P. "Bud" Peterson, discussing improvements made during the past year and what to look forward to in the future. [Student Center Transit Hub, 5 p.m.]

Thursday

  • Town Hall: Discussion will focus on proposals for making Ferst Drive and Tech Walk more bike friendly, as well as where additional bike racks are needed. [Clough Commons, Room 152, 7 p.m.]

Saturday

  • Heels on Wheels Ride: Celebrating the females who ride on campus and do it in style. [Meets at 5th & West Peachtree, 9 a.m.]

Prizes will be distributed throughout the week, including t-shirts, gift cards to local businesses and bike-related gear.

The BIIC has implemented many changes on campus since its formation in 2010, including the recent installation of a special bike intersection connection at 5th and West Peachtree Streets outside the College of Business. The group also manages bike.gatech.edu, an online resource for all things bike-related at Tech.

“Our number one goal is always more cyclists. It saves the university money, and it’s a healthier and more environmental commute,” said Johann Weber, chair of the BIIC. One of this year's goals is to address ongoing challenge and conflict areas around campus, some of which will be discussed at Thursday's Town Hall. The BIIC also hopes to continue progress on constructing a bike master plan and coordinating with surrounding neighborhoods to make Tech more accessible for bike commuters.

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