Riding through Bike Month 2019

Friday, July 5, 2019

101 thanks to those that participated in Bike Month!

The month of June marks Bike Month in Waterloo Region each year. Individuals and organizations throughout the Region are challenged by TravelWise to hop on their bikes in celebration of active and sustainable transportation.

King Street Cycles mechanic fixing student bike as student watchesTo kick off Bike Month, the Sustainability Office tagged over 900 bikes on campus as a thank you and to promote various bike events throughout the month. On June 5, the Sustainability Office hosted King Street Cycles for a Bike Repair Lunch + Learn to teach students and staff basic bike repair tactics with a hands-on demonstration. On June 20, the Sustainability Office hosted their annual Bike Lunch, in collaboration with TravelWise and seven organizations from around campus and the broader community. Attendees received free tune-ups from King Street Cycles and the UW Bike Centre, free lunch snacks, engaged in great conversation, and even took home some free bike swag.

Throughout the month, the campus community was also challenged to log their bike trips on gotravelwise.ca for a chance to win one of seven bike-related prizes, including bike gear gift baskets and gift cards to King Street Cycles and MEC. Working together, the University of Waterloo community made 1,902 bike trips and recorded 11,637 km of travel. In addition to fuel and travel cost savings of $4,270, UWaterloo cyclists saved 2,661 kg of C02 - equivalent to taking a car off the road for 6 months!

Congratulations to everyone that biked during bike month, including our Bike Challenge winners:

  • Bike repair tools resting on tableGrainne R.
  • Hendrik W.
  • Kyra C.
  • Lillian L.
  • Maureen F.
  • Peter F.
  • Richard H.

Throughout the rest of these summer months, consider biking to campus to reduce your personal carbon footprint and boost your health!