Monday, August 15, 2011

Upcoming Bike Sale and Training Workshops

Hope everyone has been enjoying their summer.  With U.Va Move-In quickly approaching it's time to start thinking about how to get around.  I'm pleased on announce the first On Grounds Bike Sale to be held on Monday, August 22 from 11am-4pm outside the Student Activities Building.  The sale will feature three of Charlottesville's local bike shops:  C'ville Bike & Tri, Blue Wheel Bicycles and Blue Ridge Cyclery.  These vendors will have everything you need including new bikes, helmets, tubes, pumps, apparel and more.  University and community organizations will also be on-site including Charlottesville Community Bikes, U.Va Bookstore, U.Va Dining, U.Va Police and more.

In addition to the Bike Sale several bike safety and maintenance workshops will be held throughout the week.  "Bike Commuting 101" will be held during the Bike Sale inside the Student Activities Building (SAB) from 2:30pm-3:30pm.  The class, led by Mary Cook, will cover the things you need to know to safely and comfortably commute by bike.  A University Transit Service (UTS) van shuttle will be available from the Health System and Facilities Management for those interested in attending the class and/or Bike Sale.


On Tuesday, August 23, Scott Paisley of Blue Wheely Bicycles will lead "The Basics of Bike Maintenance" workshop in the South Meeting Room of Newcomb Hall from 7pm-8:30pm.  This workshop will prepare students and staff to perform basic maintenance on their bikes to keep them in proper and safe working order.

John Lawler of C'ville Bike & Tri will host a "Safe Cycling" information session in Room 104 of the Kellogg Residence Hall from 7pm-8:30pm on Wednesday, August 24.  This class will teach students about the rules of the road and how to navigate safely around town.


Certified League of American Bicyclist Instructors will be offering the "Traffic Skills 101" training course beginning on Thursday, August 25.  This two-part training workshop will teach participants the skills needed to safely and confidently ride in traffic.  The course includes classroom instruction as well as closed course skills training and a on-road group ride.  Participants must complete both sessions to receive their certificate of completion.  Session 1 will be held on Thursday, Augsut 25, from 6pm-9pm in Room 389 of Newcomb Hall.  Session 2 will meet outside the Student Activities Building on Saturday, August 27 from 9am-3pm.  Registration is required and available online:  www.virginia.edu/parking/TDM/class.html


On Friday, August 26, Community Bikes will host an Open House at its shop located at 612-C Preston Avenue in Charlottesville.  Students and staff are invited to stop by to get one-stop help getting ready to bike around U.Va and Charlottesville.  Volunteers will be on hand to provide maintenance self-help tips and skills, and give advice on routes, safety, and rules of the road.  UTS will provide a van shuttle from the Student Activities Building to Community Bikes (and back).  The Open House will run from 6pm-7pm.

Visit the Parking and Transportation website for more information:  www.virginia.edu/parking/TDM/class.html