April 15, 2015
Celebrate Bike to Campus Day Tomorrow
April showers bring bicycles for many University of Kentucky students and employees. As Bike Week continues, celebrate the 3rd Annual Bike to Campus Day tomorrow, Thursday, April 16.
Bike Week - presented by Parking and Transportation Services and the Bicycle Advisory Committee, and part of the annual Earth Days in the Bluegrass event - is all about embracing two wheels as a form of transportation, and educating the campus community about navigating campus by bike. All Bike Week events are free. Bike Week is designed to alert the UK community to the variety of resources available to those choosing to bike on campus and to offer opportunities for students and employees to become engaged in Lexington bicycle culture.
Campus cyclists are encouraged to help spread the word about their choice to use two wheels as a mode of transportation to, around and through campus by using the Bike to Campus avatar (shown at right) as their profile photo on Twitter, Facebook and other social media outlets.
Students are encouraged to kick off Bike to Campus Day right by stopping by the bike racks on Patterson Drive, Funkhouser Drive and at the College of Nursing on their morning commutes for coffee and donuts. We will also be serving bicycle-powered smoothies at the Patterson Drive location. While they’re there, cyclists can get information on campus and Lexington bike resources and free swag. Bikes are not required – all members of the campus community are welcome to come learn more about wheeling around campus.
Other Bike Week activities also include:
- Wednesday, April 15, Bike-In Movie: The Bicycle Thieves: This special outdoor screening will take place at the Student Center Addition Patio at 8 p.m. You don't have to ride your bike to this outdoor movie, but we will have special prizes for those students who do! Students who arrive by bike will receive a free set of LED bike lights, while supplies last. Come watch this critically-acclaimed 1948 Italian film (with English subtitles) about a man who needs a job, a bicycle to do it, and his subsequent search for his stolen bicycle. The Bicycle Thieves was released in the United States in 1949, and received an Academy Honorary Award the same year, an achievement reserved for those motion pictures that are not covered by existing Academy Awards; in conferring the award, the Academy Board of Governors voted The Bicycle Thieves as the most outstanding foreign language film released in the United States during 1949.
- Friday, April 17, Car-Free Day: You don’t need four wheels to experience all there is to offer at the University of Kentucky. Take the car–free pledge for a day and get to campus by means other than driving alone: carpool, ride the bus, bike or walk. Pledge via the UK Sustainability Facebook page, and tell us your favorite part of car-free days in the comments for a chance to win bike-related prizes. Check out the list of car-free options to get you to and around campus!
- Tuesday, April 21, Tour de Downtown Art: Get a unique perspective on some of downtown Lexington's murals on this group ride. The ride will be led by instructors certified by the League of American Bicyclists and the tour will be guided by Georgia Henkel, an accomplished artist very familiar with the works on the tour. The tour is expected to cover 3-5 miles at a very leisurely pace. Please sign up to attend this free tour via the Facebook event page.
- Through April 30, “Why I Ride” Video Contest: UK is proud to be a Bicycle Friendly University. We know that members of the campus community have diverse reasons for choosing to commute on two wheels, and want to hear about yours! Tell us why you ride, and you could win an iPad Mini. Find full contest details at www.uky.edu/transportation/whyiride.
For more information and for a complete schedule of events, visit www.uky.edu/transportation/BAC/bike_week. To learn more about bicycling on campus, visit www.uky.edu/transportation/alternative-transportation_bicycle-information.
UK Parking and Transportation Services is on Twitter! To follow news on parking and transportation issues on campus, including bikes, go to http://twitter.com/UKParking.