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Friday September 17th, 2010

Posted at 3:17pm

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Rainy Day Bike by University of Windsor from the windsoriteDOTca Flickr pool.

Next week is Bike Week @ UWindsor, and organizers would love to see students, staff and faculty take advantage of Windsor’s optimal climate and geography by biking to school. From September 20th to the 24th, those who choose to ride to school will be rewarded with a free breakfast, and a ballot for a grand prize sponsored by Campus Recreation, Ambassador Bikes and Courtesy Bicycles.

The week will start out at the new covered bike shelter located in front of Essex Hall. The structure was made possible through funding by Campus Parking Services and Facility Services, to lessen the amount of auto congestion experienced around the school. Breakfast will be served here on Monday morning; the rest of the week’s breakfast locations will be announced soon.

The organizers of Bike Week @ UWindsor have put together a handy set of tips for those just starting out with bike commuting, and they’ve also interviewed some of the students and staff that already use their bike to get to school.

Dr. Lori Buchanan offers some advice to novice commuters. “Wear a helmet, find a nice route and remember that it gets easier everyday.”

Librarian Jennifer Soutter claims the best part of cycling to work is “the “fresh” air, seeing the other bicyclists and arriving at work with a big grin on my face.”

And when asked why he rides to work, faculty member Dr. Gerald Cradock says, “If I didn’t, I’d be 300 lbs. or have to stop drinking beer which isn’t very likely. Mostly, though, I just really like it. Even bad weather isn’t a problem if you’re dressed for it.”

Whether you choose to ride for your health, for the health of the planet, or just to get a free breakfast, hopefully the streets around UWindsor will be full of cyclists next week, and throughout the academic year!

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