Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Bike Week Begins on May 16

Each year the League of American Bicyclists sponsors and encourages the celebration of the month of May as National Bike Month, with emphasis put on Bike Week which runs from May 16 to May 20.  During Bike Week, cities across the country host events with the goal of educating the public about bicycle safety and raising awareness of cycling as not only a recreational activity, but also as a means of transportation.

U.Va is joining Bike Charlottesville and several other community organizations in celebrating Bike Week here in Charlottesville.  The various activities planned throughout the week will culminate with Bike to Work Day on Friday, May 20. 

Bike Commuting 101 - Thursday, May 19
Parking and Transportation will be hosting a free "Bike Commuting 101" lunch and learn session on Thursday, May 19, that will prepare new and potential cyclists for Bike to Work Day.  The session, which will be led by Mary and Rob Cook, will teach participants the basics of commuting by bike including safety tips, traffic laws, and what gear and apparel they need.  Attendees will be treated to a free U.Va Catering lunch and be entered to win a free bike helmet from Blue Ridge Cyclery!

Bike to Work Day - Friday, May 20
Employees living within a reasonable distance of their workplace are encouraged to try cycling to work on Bike to Work Day.  Since we're not all experienced cyclists, we might need a quick pick-me-up to get us all the way to the office.  Various organizations will be hosting "Energizing Stations" that will offer cyclists fruit, drinks, and other goodies to keep them going. 

I'll be working with some UTS drivers and U.Va student Misty Boos to host an Energizing Station near the intersection of Rugby Road and University Avenue from 7:00am-9:00am and 4:00pm-6:00pm.  Stop on by and say hi!

More Events
There will be several more events during Bike Week that you should definitely check out or even participate in.  These include a Cross Town Bike ride on Monday, an open house at Community Bikes on Tuesday, and the annual Ride of Silence.  Head on over to Bike Charlottesville for more information about these events.