Bike Week cruises to campus with events for cyclists.
Strap on your helmet and shift into gear, Bike Week at UCF starts Monday.
The Student Union is working with the Recreation and Wellness Center to put on eleven bike-related events this upcoming week. Activities include a bicycle flash mob, a trail ride through Lake Claire, a safety presentation and more.
“We’re trying to promote biking and bike safety on campus and around the community,” said Sara Lane, manager of marketing & communications for the Student Union.
This is UCF’s first Bike Week, but Lane hopes to have the event become an annual tradition after she graduates.
“This is my last big week of events that I’ll be in charge of,” said Lane. “I want to go out with a bang and make sure students know that biking is important and there’s a safe way to do it.”
Safety is a major focus of the week. Local members of CyclingSavvy will teach a road cycling and safety presentation for students on Monday and Thursday.
Mighk Wilson is a board member of the American Bicycling Education Association, which founded CyclingSavvy.
“We think of it as more than just a safety course,” said Wilson. “It’s how to make cycling easier in traffic, not just safer.”
The class will teach students techniques to protect themselves and think differently about their role in traffic as a bicyclist.
“When you’re operating as a normal vehicle driver on your bicycle, it’s actually the safest way to ride your bike,” said Wilson. “Doing that doesn’t require exceptional fitness or speed or bravado.”
Wilson says he hopes this week is the beginning of more partnerships with the University.
“We’ve had a couple instructors who were UCF students and graduates,” said Wilson. “It’s nothing we do extensively but something we’d like to do more of.”
There are also two bikes up for grabs as part of the week’s events.
One bike will be given away as part of a raffle for any student who attends three or more of the events. Students can prove participation with a passport that will be stamped at events and can then be turned in to the student union or RWC information desks.
Students can apply to win a second bike, which will be awarded based on need, by filling out an application on KnightConnect.
Bike Week is paid for through a grant from the Parents & Families Fund.
A full list of the week’s events can be found here.
Story and photo by Robert Sutton.