Friday, August 26, 2011

Bike Sale!

Welcome back students!  Hope you all got moved in and are having a great start to the Fall 2011 semester.  On Monday Parking and Transportation hosted the first annual On Grounds Bike Sale outside the Student Activities Building.  The sale featured three of Charlottesville's local bike shops:  Blue Ridge Cyclery, Blue Wheel Bicycles and C'ville Bike & Tri.  Students were also able to register their new or current bikes with the University Police Department (UPD).  This program helps Officers return bikes to their owners if the bike is every lost or stolen.  Community Bikes, the Boys and Girls Cycling Challenge, and the University Bookstore were also at the event with freebies, delicious smoothies, and great info for cyclists.

C'ville Bike and Tri's John Lawler helping a student try out a bike

Some RAs making Bike Blender Smoothies with Charlottesville Community Bikes

The Boys and Girls Club Cycling Challenge was on-site promoting their upcoming ride

The best locks were available at great prices

So many bikes!

Helmets - essential for all riders

Blue Ridge Cyclery's set-up

C'ville Bike and Tri's set-up

Blue Wheel Bicycle's Scott Paisley helping students at the Blue Wheel Bicycles set-up

Officer Angela Tabler registering a student's bike (online registration is also available at

In addition the Bike Sale, a series of education classes were offered to help students learn the skills they need to properly maintain their bikes and ride safely.  On Monday, during the Bike Sale, Mary and Rob Cook led "Bike Commuting 101" that prepares students and staff to commute to U.Va by bike.  Scott Paisley of Blue Wheel Bicycles showed attendees "The Basics of Bike Maintenance" on Tuesday evening in Newcomb Hall.  On Wednesday John Lawler of C'ville Bike and Tri hosted a presentation on "Safe Cycling" in Room 104 of the Kellogg Residence Hall.  Charlottesville Community Bikes, a volunteer run bike shop, hosted an Open House at their shop on Preston Avenue Friday evening.