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Bike-to-Work/Bike-to-Class Day: April 22

Share the RoadThe University City Bicycle Issues Forum invites residents, students and employees to take part in Bike-to-Work/Bike-to-Class Day Thursday, April 22.

 Bike-to-Work/Bike-to-Class Day is being held to illustrate that bicycles offer an efficient way to get around University City, particularly during such events as Penn Relays as thousands of competitors and fans pour into University City April 22-24, and normal vehicular travel gives way to traffic jams, long commutes and short tempers.

To encourage bike use, Bike-to-Work/Bike-to-Class Day will feature free, daylong guarded bike parking at four University City locations with refreshments and goodie bags for the first 300 participants. Folks can view demonstrations on bike safety and the correct usage of a SEPTA bus bike rack as well as sign up for drawings for one of three free used bikes. 

The four bike parking areas, staffed with UCD ambassadors as well as volunteers from the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia and Neighborhood Bike Works, will be open from 7 a.m. until 6 p.m. Around 50 spaces apiece will be available at University Square, 36th and Sanson Sts.;  International House, 37th and Chestnut Sts.; and the Fresh Grocer parking deck, 4100 Walnut St. More than 100 bicycles can be accommodated at Jon M. Huntsman Hall, on Walnut Street between 37th and 38th Sts.

Cyclists using any of the guarded parking areas are invited to enjoy complimentary morning refreshments that include bottled water, Tastykakes and pretzels, donated by area merchants and the UCD.

 Cyclists can also register to win one of two used bicycles, one donated by Neighborhood Bike Works (NBW), 3916 Locust Walk, and the other by Firehouse Bike Shop, 50th and Baltimore, or one of two admissions to any NBW adult classes on bike repair or urban riding. Free goodie bags containing the PennDOT Bicycle Drivers Manual, a Philadelphia bike map, key chain, pencil and a Share the Road campaign sticker will also be given out.

Penn Public Safety Bike Patrol Officers will demonstrate on-bike policing skills and maneuvers starting at 12:30 p.m. at University Square, where from noon to 1 p.m. SEPTA personnel will show how to use the exterior bike racks featured on many of the new city buses. 

At 1 p.m., at the Penn Bookstore, Patricia Vance, author of Intimate Bicycle Tours of Philadelphia, and a research specialist in the hematology department, School of Medicine, will give a talk about her new book and sign copies.

Also that day, which is the national celebration of Earth Day, the forum will host an informational table at the Earth Day fair on campus. The fair, scheduled from 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m. on College Green, is sponsored by the Penn Environmental Group to raise awareness of global environmental issues and showcases earth-friendly alternatives.

'We feel that Earth Day is the perfect opportunity to encourage commuters who may ordinarily use automobiles to bike in that day," said John Madera of the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission and chairman of the Bicycle Issues Forum. 

Organized to promote the routine use of bicycles for urban transportation, the forum is comprised of representatives from the UCD, Penn, the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia, Neighborhood Bike Works, and the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission.

For more information and a map showing the guarded parking locations, go to

--University City Bicycle Issues Forum



  Almanac, Vol. 50, No. 29, April 13, 2004