The seventh annual Michiana Bike to Work Week challenge is coming up on May 21-25, and members of the Notre Dame community are encouraged to create or join a campus team.
Last year the Notre Dame team was in the lead both in the number of riders (162) and miles ridden collectively (3,993). “In addition to encouraging healthy and environmentally friendly transportation, Bike to Work Week is a great way to promote campus camaraderie,” said Katerina Lichtenwalter, a staff member in the office of Gregory Crawford, Dean of the College of Science. “To form my first team three years ago, I reached out to faculty, staff, and students from the across the College of Science, and I got to know a lot of people whom I most likely would not have met otherwise.”
Michiana Bike to Work Week was founded in 2006 by a small, passionate group of bicycle advocates with the goal of promoting bicycles as a viable form of daily transportation and creating bicycle awareness and safety. Last year, 828 riders rode a total of 18,641 to work, saving about 888 gallons of gas.
Registration is now open and participants have the option to start a subteam or join an existing one under the University of Notre Dame team. Any miles ridden by bike or using Transpo instead of driving count toward the competition. For more information and to register, visit http://www.michianabiketowork.org.