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Old 02-08-11, 10:23 PM
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University bike movement

I just started at a new university this current spring semester. I have noticed maybe 5 or 6 commuting cyclists, but want to imagine there need to be more. I also can't help but notice that despite them having a good amount of bike racks, I feel the school should do more to encourage cycling commuters. Does anyone have any cool suggestions as to how I can some changes going? Or perhaps some suggestions of things they have seen in their travels or experienced at their own school that might be a good suggestion I could recommend? Should I maybe start a club at the school? Not really sure where I'm going with this, but I want to do something!
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Old 02-08-11, 10:31 PM
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Club sounds good. What about sponsoring one of those critical mass events? I am not exactly sure what they are just heard about one locally where a bunch of bicyclists took to the streets in mass to promote riding. Kind of like a flash mob, which seems popular at the uni level.
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Old 02-08-11, 10:52 PM
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Have a promotion, whoever bikes the most miles to and from school gets a case of Natty Ice or whatever you college kiddies drink nowadays.
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Originally Posted by 531phile View Post
Have a promotion, whoever bikes the most miles to and from school gets a case of Natty Ice or whatever you college kiddies drink nowadays.
Sounds cool, but unfortunately, I am not "a college kiddie" anymore. I'm going to be 25 this year, and haven't gone to a college party in years (was never really into the scene), but its a great idea none the less!
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Talk with your school newspaper, or submit an article to them about being a bike commuter.

See if your campus has an "outdoor recreations department" or such. They may be willing to guide you to different areas on your campus to help.

See if your town has some kind of bike advocacy group and what initiatives they are involved in.

Also recognize your passion will not be the same as others. Especially during bad weather.

One way our campus encouraged cycling was to install a covered bike rack close to the main lecture hall. They also did away with some of the older dilapidated racks sprawled throughout the university. So now instead of multiple ugly and rusty racks with abandoned bicycles scattered throughout campus we now have nice new racks in a central location with abandoned bicycles.

First, it makes it easy to police. Second it allows maintenance to keep track (and eventually confiscate) bikes locked to gates, trees, benches, and anything else. This also adds to the "beauty initiative" many campuses adopt.
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