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
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
“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.