Faculty, staff encouraged to participate in Bike to Work Day rides

May 12, 2014  

In celebration of National Bike Month, Purdue faculty and staff members are invited to participate in two organized rides on May 16 tied to Greater Lafayette's Bike to Work Day.

Participating in one of the rides will help show Purdue's support for bicycling in the larger community, says Patricia Boling, associate professor of political science. Along with the Office of University Sustainability, Boling and Andrew Hirsch, professor and interim head of physics, are helping organize the event, which will consist of two separate gatherings:

* Gather in Lafayette at 11th and Main streets, near K. Dees Coffee & Roasting Co.

* Gather in West Lafayette at the southeast corner of Salisbury Street and Lindberg Road in the former Burtsfield School parking lot.

Each group should gather at 7:30-7:45 a.m. for a brief kickoff ceremony. Each ceremony will include a proclamation from the respective city's mayor and drawings for gift cards to Hodson's Bay in West Lafayette and Virtuous Cycles in Lafayette. Coffee will be provided at both locations.

The rides will help indicate to government officials that local interest in bicycle commuting is increasing, Boling says, and that there's support for improved infrastructure such as more and better bike lanes.

"Bike to Work Day is a great way to show interest in and support for a means of transportation that does not burn fossil fuels, is completely renewable and has important health and fitness benefits for employees who bike to work," Boling says.

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