The Good To Go Commuter Challenge is back!
May 16 – 22
Register and join the Illinois Wesleyan University group
Once registered, log in and record your daily commutes. Eligible modes include: biking, walking, taking the bus, telecommuting, and carpooling. It is easy and quick to find transit schedules, walking & biking routes, and find/create carpooling opportunities. Prizes will be awarded to the individual, the team and the employer with the most participation.
Friday, May 20, is National Bike to Work Day. The Illinois Wesleyan Bike Coop will hold their first-ever tune-up event all day in the garage behind the IT House. Sign up and bring your bike in after 7:30 a.m. and they’ll do all the basics – lubricating the chain, tightening the brakes, etc. while you’re at your desk.
The $20 fee will go to further develop the coop by allowing them to buy more tools, parts and accessories. Learn more and sign up here.
Have you signed up for the National Bike Challenge
? You totally should. Log your miles directly on their website or through one of their partner apps (Map My Ride, Endomondo, or – new this year! – Strava) and help Bike BloNo do even better than our sixth-in-the-country spot last year! nationalbikechallenge.org/
Sign up for the IWU team by selecting Illinois Wesleyan University as your workplace.
May – September
Sign up and join Illinois Wesleyan University’s team! If you sign up for the IWU team (by selecting Illinois Wesleyan University as your workplace) and accumulate 100 points between May 1st and the end of the day on May 15th, you are eligible to win free prizes–like free bike tune-ups donated by the three local bike shops – Bloomington Cycle & Fitness, Vitesse Cycle, and Wilson’s Cycle! Students who accumulate 100 points by that same time are also eligible to win one of five Bike BloNo memberships, which includes a free T-shirt and discounted registration at Bike BloNo events. The event goes all the way through September, though, so don’t stop peddling after IWU’s contest is over!
Points are accumulated by riding a bike. Every mile you ride counts as one point, and every day you ride at least one mile counts as 20 points. So, in theory, you can reach that 100-point threshold by riding one mile a day for five days, or four five-mile days, or three 15-mile days, or two 30-mile days, or one 80-mile day. Just about everyone can find a way to make it happen!
Last year, McLean County came in sixth in the country, per capita! Help us build on that and make it an ever bigger success!
WGLT Radio will interview Senior Web Developer and Bike Committee Chair Michael Gorman ’10 on Wednesday, Dec. 17, to talk about Illinois Wesleyan’s recent Bicycle-Friendly University award and campus bike programs.
Illinois Wesleyan received a BRONZE designation as a Bicycle-Friendly University from the League of American Bicyclists.
This application process took almost a full year and everyone on the bike committee deserves a big pat on the back for the time they put into researching everything and working to get awesome programs like the bike share and the Harriett storage space up and running.
The League is still putting together a feedback report for us, which we’ll be able to use as a roadmap for future improvements.
The Tool Library donated a bike repair stand, which has been installed outside the Hansen Student Center.
Much like books in a library, 10 bikes are available for checkout for 24 hours at a time at the Help@Ames desk or the Hansen Student Center Information Desk by anyone with an Illinois Wesleyan ID card, free of charge.
A few helmets are also available for checkout at the Hansen desk.
Questions about the bike share program can be directed to Michael Gorman, IWU Bike Committee Chair, at email@example.com or 309-556-3262.
As part of its review process for possible designation as a Bicycle-Friendly University, the League of American Bicyclists asks Illinois Wesleyan to distribute this survey. Any students, staff, faculty, alumni and community members who are familiar with the bicycle programs and amenities on campus are invited to participate.
In addition to its use in the League’s award decision, the input received through this survey will be included (anonymously) in a feedback report to the IWU Bike Committee.
The 2014 Bicycle Friendly University awards will be publicly announced on Campus Sustainability Day, Oct. 22.
Planning to bring a bike to campus, but don’t want to keep it outside? You’re in luck! We have a limited-access indoor bike storage room on the first floor of Harriett.
Signups are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis, and if you’re one of the lucky few, you’ll be given a key to the room so you can park your bike inside any time, day or night, all year long.
For more information, check the signup form or contact Bike Committee Chair Michael Gorman ’10.