Four bike repair stations – called Fixit Stations – have been set up on campus. They have the typical tools a biker may need, such as standard wrenches, and (except in the coldest months) an air pump. They were installed over the past months at Walker Circle behind Jackson Library; Gray Drive across from the Student Health Center; Spring Garden Street between Jefferson Suites and Tower Village; and in the McIver Street Parking Deck.
And there’s more for those who choose to bike:
- An additional 50 or so bike parking loops are being installed on campus this summer. That’s in addition to the hundred that were added over the past year. By the start of the Fall semester, close to 1,600 bikes will be accommodated.
- Want to try out biking – before you buy one? Rent a bike for the summer for only $25 – email firstname.lastname@example.org for details. Or rent one for fall or spring for $50 at the Spartan Trader store at Spring Garden Apartments.
- What about shower facilities? Anyone in the campus community has access to shower facilities at: the SOE Building (which also has indoor bicycle racks); HHP Building; and the Student Rec Center. (At the rec center you’ll need an ID if you’re a center member or a complimentary shower pass.)
- Once you have registered your bike, enjoy complimentary basic bike repair by student intern workers. And take advantage of the Free Emergency Ride Home program.
- Spartan Chariot and Park & Ride buses will have transit bike racks mounted on the front in time for the start of the fall semester, so cyclists will be able to use the buses. GTA, HEAT and PART buses already have these special transit bike racks.
Bicycling is not only increasingly convenient – it is environmentally friendly. It is part of our university’s sustainability initiatives – the more bikes, the fewer cars. It’s economical, and it reduces traffic congestion. Plus bikers can enjoy the health benefits as well as being able to park closer to buildings.
In 2011, the League of American Bicyclists named UNCG a Bicycle Friendly University.
“We got a lot of attention on the national level for that,” says Suzanne Williams, associate director in Campus Access & Travel Demand Management. UNCG was the first university in the state to receive the designation. Across the nation, fewer than 60 have received it.
“We were the first university in the state to have a Bicycle Master Plan,” she adds. It was approved in 2009. “It really distinguishes us among our peers.”
And being a bike friendly campus helps the university recruit and retain student and employee cyclists, Williams points out.
UNCG students and employees have the Pedal Club and Cycling Team, complete with great UNCG kits (uniforms). And this past spring, Kinesiology offered a one-credit course on bicycling, taught by Kimberly Fasczewski. It had been at least two decades since Bicycling was offered at UNCG, Williams notes.
Have two wheels, will travel.
If you have questions about cycling at UNCG, visit http://parking.uncg.edu/bike
By Mike Harris (who occasionally rides to campus on his “recycled” Schwinn)
Visual by David Wilson, of student at Walker Circle Fixit Station.