Mason On Its Way Toward Becoming a Bicycle Friendly University

Posted: September 1, 2011 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: September 1, 2011 at 10:44 am

By Rick Holt, Human Resources and Payroll

Mason is becoming a bicycle friendly university in many different ways. The installation of bicycle shelters, bicycle racks and bicycle lanes on the Fairfax Campus has made it much easier to bike on campus and to find a secure place to lock up your bicycle when you arrive.

Recently, Mason submitted an application to be recognized as a Bicycle Friendly University from the League of American Bicyclists. To become a Bicycle Friendly University, a university must demonstrate that it promotes bicycling in five primary areas: engineering, encouragement, education, enforcement and evaluation/planning.

In the education area, several bicycle-related training sessions are being offered this fall, including Bike Maintenance for the Mechanically Un-inclined, Safe Bicycle Commuting and Smart Cycling miniclasses. Check out the event listing for more details and other programs.

For encouragement, full-time faculty and staff are eligible to participate in the bicycle commuter benefit program. If you ride your bicycle to work at least eight times a month, you receive a $20 voucher to purchase bicycle accessories.

Mason employees have been taking advantage of this benefit since early this year. Janet Walker, work life and communications coordinator in Human Resources and Payroll, lives four miles from campus and started bicycling to work on the annual Bike to Mason day event in 2008. With the start of the new bicycle commuter program, she was motivated to bike to campus more often. Over the past four months, she has biked to campus at least two dozen times.

The new bicycle commuter benefit inspired Janet Walker of Human Resources and Payroll to bike to work more frequently. Photo by Rick Holt

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