Several Events Planned for National Bike Month in May
May 8, 2012 – In honor of National Bike Month, Georgetown is celebrating with bike rides, bike registration and information on laws, security and safety in May.
“I am so excited to help raise awareness ... It’s a great time to explore biking to work,” says Charles DeSantis, associate vice president and chief benefits officer.
GUWellness, Outdoor Education and the university’s Department of Public Safety have combined efforts to offer the sessions, which are open to members of the university community:
- May 9: Commuting 101: A conversation with Jesse Lambertson
- May 10: Safety First! Bike Registration and U-Locks
- May 11: Lunch Break Bike Ride to Fletcher’s Boat House
- May 18: National Bike to Work Day
- May 25: Practicing Bike Safety
Faculty and staff will have access to the showers and locker rooms in Yates Field House all day for free on National Bike to Work Day. Complimentary bagels and coffee also will also be available at Yates. GUWellness will provide a free breakfast and biking information at the North Gatehouse on Healy Lawn 8-9:30 a.m.
Audrey Stewart, Georgetown’s program coordinator for sustainability, says biking to work is good for the environment.
“[The] benefits are probably obvious,” she says. “[There’s] reduced demand for fossil fuels and reduced air pollution in our region. There are also less obvious benefits like improved local watershed health, because reduced need for paved parking surfaces can help decrease polluted storm water runoff.”
Kelly Heuer (G’13), a Ph.D. candidate in philosophy, regularly commutes by bike from the U Street Corridor area to campus.
“I can't imagine ever wanting to commute any other way,” she says. “I don't have to worry about bus schedules, metro fare, on-street parking and parking fees, or whether my shoes are comfortable enough to withstand the whole walk to work. I have the freedom to leave whenever I want, and get where I'm going faster than nearly any other means of transportation.”
DeSantis also enjoys biking to work.
“It helps relieve stress and, for some, can make the daily commute more enjoyable,” he says. “I’m an enthusiast cyclist – one of many here at Georgetown – and I look forward to connecting with faculty and staff at one of the many bike-centric events during May.”