Take to Two Wheels for Biketober
Fletcher Moore, senior web developer in Institute Communications, with his bike on the Atlanta BeltLine
For the month of October, events around Atlanta will focus on biking for both commuting and fun. Organized in partnership with Georgia Commute Options, the monthlong Atlanta Bike Challenge has participants form teams, log bike rides, and become eligible to win prizes along the way. Those who want to participate can register at atlbikechallenge.com and join the Georgia Tech team.
“This is not just a competition for commuters,” said Becky James, fitness instructor at the Campus Recreation Center (CRC). “All rides count from Oct. 1–31, so invite your coworker who rides for fitness on the weekend, but also reach out to those who do not yet ride, as team members can ride for as little as 10 minutes to earn points.” Participants can also encourage each other throughout the challenge with virtual “high fives.”
For more information about bicycling on campus and related resources, visit pts.gatech.edu/bicycling-georgia-tech.
Parking and Transportation Services Opens Tech’s First Bike Room
For those who bike to campus, Parking and Transportation Services (PTS) has opened its first-ever bike storage room as part of the new W22-Dalney Parking Deck.
“More people are biking on and around campus, and we want to encourage the use of greener transportation methods,” said Lisa Safstrom, campus transportation planner with PTS. “We are supporting this trend by including high-quality bike parking in new campus development opportunities.”
Located just inside the deck from the Dalney Street entrance, the bike room features 36 Dero Swerve bike racks that hold two bikes each. The room also includes benches and a fix-it station with a pump.
Users can swipe their BuzzCards to enter and secure their bikes to the racks using their personal locks. Bikes may be stored day-to-day during the fall and spring semesters and for longer periods during the summer. PTS plans to implement a second bike room in the Tech Square parking deck later this year.
Riding Safety Classes
Bike Georgia Tech, the Georgia Tech Police Department, and PTS offer one-hour classes in bike and scooter safety. Attendees receive a free helmet and lights. The next classes take place on:
• Thursday, Oct. 10, 11 a.m. in Room 240, Campus Recreation Center
• Thursday, Nov. 14, 11 a.m. in Room 240, Campus Recreation Center
Bike and scooter riders may purchase helmets for $12 at the PTS front desk located at 828 West Peachtree Street NW using credit card, check, or BuzzFunds.
CRC Offering Shower Passes for Bike Commuters
The CRC now offers a Bike Commuter Shower Pass that will allow riders access to locker rooms from 7 to 9 a.m. Monday through Friday for $5 per month. Smart Park pass holders and those who do not have a parking permit are eligible for the shower pass. For more information and to sign up, visit bike.hwb.gatech.edu/active-commuting.
Bike Commute Listserv
If you want to converse with other bike commuters and learn more about campus resources and Atlanta bike news, sign up for Tech’s bicycle commuter listserv. Send a request to firstname.lastname@example.org.