UK Happenings

Winter Bike to Campus Day Set for Wednesday, Feb. 12

Women riding a bike.
Mark Cornelison l UK Photo.

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Jan. 29, 2020) — Winter weather doesn’t mean you have to give up cycling to campus. Each year, University of Kentucky Transportation Services recognizes cyclists who brave the cold to cycle year-round during Winter Bike to Campus Day. This year will mark the fourth annual event, held from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 12. Stop by UK Transportation Services' tent at the Mining and Minerals Research Building Plaza to celebrate any-weather cycling as an effective and efficient mode of transportation.

Pause your pedals for free coffee, hot chocolate and swag (bike lights and UK-branded balaclavas), while supplies last. Please note that you must be on a bicycle to participate. 

This event will also feature the Wildcat Wheels mobile bike shop for on-the-spot tune-ups and live demonstrations on loading your bicycle onto a bus rack. Pick up information on winter cycling, campus and city bicycle resources and get answers to any cold weather bicycle-related questions. For immediate inquiries about winter safety, visit the office's all-weather cycling tips online

Winter Bike to Campus Day is intended to offer encouragement to all-weather cyclists and builds on the effort and education of showing cycling as a sustainable mode of transportation off and on campus. Other upcoming spring bike events include the Spring Bike Maintenance Clinic and Bike Week. 

“Winter Bike to Campus Day is a fun opportunity to celebrate and support cyclists who commit to braving the weather extremes,” said Sandra Broadus, UK Transportation Services’ alternative transportation manager. “We’ll be out there, rain or shine, to hand out goodies and assist with bike tune-ups. Because we know they will be too.”

UK Transportation Services invests in campus bicycle infrastructure, education and encouragement projects, many of which are guided by the leadership of the Bicycle Advisory Committee. These efforts have been recognized by the League of American Bicyclists in designating UK as a Gold level Bicycle Friendly University and also by Bicycling magazine in naming UK the most bicycle-friendly university in America in 2018. 

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