Bike to Work month events feature free food, helmets

To: UC Santa Cruz Staff and Faculty

From: Larry Pageler, Director, Transportation and Parking Services

UCSC's Transportation and Parking Services (TAPS) has joined with Ecology Action to host the 30th annual Santa Cruz County Spring Bike Week, May 8 -12, 2017. The Bike Week program aims to provide a safe, supportive and festive environment for local commuters to take their first pedal in traveling by bike.

This Thursday, May 11th, cyclists get a free breakfast at sites throughout Santa Cruz County, including the UCSC Main Entrance and Quarry Plaza from 6:30am - 9:30am. At the Main Entrance, TAPS staff will be giving away free bike helmets and bike lights to campus affiliates, and Ecology Action volunteers will be on site to provide free mechanical safety checks on attendees' bicycles.

On Wednesday, May 18th, TAPS is offering UCSC employees a lunchtime Bike Commuting workshop at the Bay Tree Conference Room. The workshop will cover benefits of riding an E-bike (on display), commuting tips, and information about the Emergency Ride Home program, Bike Shower program, bike loans, and bike theft avoidance. This event is for employees and a free lunch will be provided to those who register online in advance.

On Wednesday, May 24th, a final bike helmet give-away to UCSC affiliates will take place at the top of the Bike Path from 2:00-5:00pm.