Campuses Cruise Toward Greener Future with Bike to Mason Day

Posted: April 14, 2011 at 1:02 am, Last Updated: April 13, 2011 at 9:07 pm

By Ashley Moss

Advocating for efforts that promote greener transportation on the Mason campuses, the university will host its spring Bike to Mason Day as part of Earth Week activities at Mason. The event is free and open to the campus community, but registration is required.

The schedule is:

  • Wednesday, April 20, Arlington Campus: 3 to 6 p.m., Founders Hall Plaza, free lunch available
  • Thursday, April 21, Fairfax Campus: 8 a.m. to noon, North Plaza, free breakfast provided 8 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Mason Bikes Video by Ashley Moss

Mason holds several “bike to campus” days throughout the year, but bike advocates stress the importance of this event as the need for “green” commuting becomes greater.

“Biking [is important] because we have a small campus, and we only have so much room for parking,” says Rick Holt, a member of the Mason Bike Advocate Council. “[We need to get] people to do other things versus parking and driving alone to work. If you’re bicycling, you can park 10 bikes in the same space you can park a car [in].”

As this green transportation initiative grows, Mason offers several resources for bikers who sign up for the bicycle benefit program, including a $20 voucher each month good at local bike shops, two free parking passes per month for those without a Mason parking permit and use of the shower facilities at the RAC and the Aquatic and Fitness Center.

“The overall goal of the university, or our department on the transportation side, is to provide as many options for people to get to campus as cheaply as possible, [with] as many modes of transportation as we can support,” says Josh Cantor, director of Mason’s Parking and Transportation unit.

The Mason Bike Advocate Council will also host a commuter challenge from April 18 through April 29. Commuters are urged to try other modes of transportation, including the Metro, the VRE, Mason Shuttle buses and, of course, bikes. Details will be posted on the Transportation website and on Facebook as they become available.

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