September 22, 2011 | Atlanta, GA
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.
The Bicycle Infrastructure Improvement Committee (BIIC) crafted events with both current and potential cyclists in mind throughout the week of Sept. 26–30:
- All week: Free maintenance and information on Tech Walk (provided by the Bicycle Infrastructure Improvement Committee, Starter Bikes, Students Organizing for Sustainability, Students for Progressive Transit and the GT Cycling Club);
- Tuesday: Bicycle Scavenger Hunt (pick up materials from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Tech Walk)
- Wednesday: Heels on Wheels bike ride (a female ride, beginning at 6 p.m. in front of the Ferst Center)
- Thursday: Bike Fashion Show (11 a.m. in the Free Speech Area); Town Hall Forum (discussion of what campus needs for cyclists and cycling infrastructure, beginning at 6 p.m. in room 320 of the Student Center)
- Friday: Tour de Tech (a casual ride beginning at 6 p.m. at the Central Campus Transit Hub behind Skiles)
Throughout the week, cyclists will participate in a commuter challenge, logging their mileage at bike.gatech.edu. Departments will compete for the highest participation and mileage quantities, with the grand prize of a commemorative bike rack installed at the winning department’s building. Other 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 last year, including new bike lanes on Ferst Drive and Hemphill Avenue, sharrows throughout campus streets and new bike racks in various locations. The group also built and maintains bike.gatech.edu, an online resource for all things bike-related at Tech.
“For those who don’t ride and don’t intend to ride, we’d still encourage you to come and check out the viaCycle bikes [on Tech Walk], and to give us your feedback for how we can make campus better for non-cyclists as well,” said Johann Weber, BIIC chair. viaCycle is Tech’s pilot bike share program that enables users to have access to communal bikes on campus.
President G. P. “Bud” Peterson and Mrs. Valerie Peterson will join Friday’s Tour de Tech as cyclists ride through campus to see improvements already made for bikes and talk about what’s to come.
“Our number one goal is always more cyclists. It saves the university money, and it’s a healthier and more environmental commute,” Weber said. Future goals of the BIIC include more covered and indoor parking, additional lockers and showers around campus and soliciting feedback from the campus community.