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Celebrate UK Bike Week April 18-22

UK mascot on a bike.
Mark Cornelison | UK Photo.

LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 13, 2022) — University of Kentucky Bike Week is back, set for Monday, April 18, through Friday, April 22. Cyclists can take part in five days of bike-related activities on and off campus, with a chance to win prizes.

Students who attend at least three Bike Week events and get their Bike Week passport stamped at each will be entered to win one of three prize drawings. This year, cyclists can vie for the chance to win a $100 gift certificate that can be spent at one of four participating local bike shops!

“Springtime is the perfect season to explore our community on two wheels,” said Sandra Broadwill, UK’s Alternative Transportation Manager. “Whether you’ve been biking for years or are just getting into the swing of it, there’s an activity for everyone. We hope this week’s focus on biking encourages people to enjoy the recreational side of it, but also to consider the possibility of using bikes as a viable commuting option.”

For those who would like to participate in Bike Week activities but don’t have a bike of their own, bicycles can be checked out for free from the Wildcat Wheels Bicycle Library, or e-bikes can be rented using the Bird app

Add these UK Bike Week events to your calendar:

Wildcat Wheels Open House Noon to 6 p.m. Monday, April 18 Swing by Wildcat Wheels anytime from noon to 6 p.m. to discover what UK’s on-campus bike shop has to offer, everything from maintenance assistance, bike loans and even a bike parts vending machine. Meet the friendly staff and enjoy cookies on us while supplies last. Wildcat Wheels is located on the first floor of Blazer Dining.

Bicycle Film Fest  3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday, April 19 Join us for a series of short films on bicycling, showing everything from bikepacking and mountain biking to commuting and incredible BMX tricks. Films will be shown at the Worsham Theater inside the Gatton Student Center.

Bike to Campus Day 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, April 20 Ride your bike to campus and pause your pedals at our tent, located near the Wildcat Statue at Wildcat Alumni Plaza. Enjoy a free smoothie, get a tune-up, learn how to load your bike on the bus, and snag some free cycling swag at the same time!

Bike Decoration Station 10 a.m. to noon, Thursday, April 21 Does your bike need some bling? We’ve got you covered with decorations you can use to pretty your pedals. Ride by our tent, located on the lawn between the White Hall Classroom Building and the Engineering Complex, to get your creative juices flowing. 

Tour de Downtown Art 6 p.m to 8 p.m. Friday, April 22 Meet us at the Wildcat Statue at Wildcat Alumni Plaza to begin our bike tour of downtown Lexington’s art scene. We’ll cycle from campus through downtown, guided by local artist Brian Connors Manke, stopping along the way to admire murals and learn about the creators who made them, their inspiration and what the murals represent.

All Bike Week events are free. For more information, visit our website.

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In 2022, UK was ranked by Forbes as one of the “Best Employers for New Grads” and named a “Diversity Champion” by INSIGHT into Diversity, a testament to our commitment to advance Kentucky and create a community of belonging for everyone. While our mission looks different in many ways than it did in 1865, the vision of service to our Commonwealth and the world remains the same. We are the University for Kentucky.