Thursday, April 21, 2011

Bike to Mason Day today

Bruce Wright and Josh Cantor
About 100 people participated in Bike to Mason Day this morning. It was a cool, sunny day as students, faculty, and staff rolled in to the registration check-in area where they were provided t-shirts, metal water bottles, fruit, pastries, coffee, and juice. Oasis Bike Works and The Bike Lane were both present. Oasis provided free tune-ups to a steady stream of cyclists throughout the morning.

Rick Holt of PW Co on the left
We spoke to several cyclists who said one of their main reasons for living nearby was so they could easily bike to campus and other nearby locations. One woman said she used the Fairfax County Bike map when her family was deciding where to live.

At mid-morning a group of Prince William County cyclists appeared, led by Rick Holt of the GMU Human Resources office. Rick is organizing bike commuting and bicycle skills classes that are being available to faculty and staff for the first time this year.

Nick Turner is pictured on the right with his prototype velomobile that he designed and built himself. Nick was a GMU student for a couple of years but left to gain some very practical real-world skills by building the pedal-powered car that he hopes to market some day.

Nick Turner and his velomobile
Thanks to Josh Cantor and the Transportation office staff for putting this event together. It was a great chance for GMU cyclists to celebrate biking to campus, get bike literature including copies of the Fairfax Co map, and talk about ways to ride to campus.

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