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Celebrating Cycling at Bike Day

Thursday, June 22, 2017

On Wednesday, June 21st the Sustainability Office hosted Bike Day in the Arts Quad to celebrate those who cycle to campus and promote sustainable transportation modes.

As Waterloo Region is set to launch the ION light rail transit system within the next year, there is a growing emphasis on getting the Region's residents to use alternative modes of transportation including cycling, walking, or busing! This allowed Bike Day to help educate, engage, and celebrate cycling as a mode of transportation to get around the Region. 

Throughout the day there were free bike tune-ups, breakfast snacks, prizes, giveaways, and local vendors! In total, over 150 students, staff, and faculty stopped by to learn more about campus sustainability including active transportation.

View of the booths at Bike Day in the Arts Quad

There were eight booths ranging from local non-profits to on-campus initiatives. The following groups were present throughout the day:

In addition to dropping by booths, participants were able to test out a GRT Bus bike rack, share a sustainability story, take polaroid pictures or fill out a Bike Day passport to win a prize! Participants were then able to fill out ballots to be entered into a draw for three different prizes. Congratulations to our winners below!

  1. $100 gift card to King Street Cycles - Emily Gillespie
  2. $50 gift card to King Street Cycles - Jacqueline Kormylo
  3. $50 Bike Day bundle - Christine Van

Bikes on bike racks in front of Dana Porter Library

A huge thanks goes out to all of organizations and initiatives that partnered for the event, who without them Bike Day wouldn't have been possible! 

But don't forget, Bike Month isn't over quite yet. Make sure to visit the Bike Challenge 2017 web page to find out how you can get started, and maybe even win a prize!