Week one of Active Transportation Month (ATM) is underway and has featured several exciting events. On October 1, the Office of Sustainability collaborated with the Outing Club for a bike trip to Grove Fest. Attendees (shown above) enjoyed a ride through Forest Park en route to this annual event, which features street performers, live music, and a variety of local artists and restaurant vendors. Representatives from the Office of Sustainability and Parking & Transportation kicked-off Danforth campus events on Monday with free bike tune-ups by Big Shark Bicycle Company, bike-powered smoothies, and resources on alternative transportation options. They also hosted tune-ups at the School of Medicine (WUSM) campus.
Over the next several weeks, the Active Transportation Challenge takes the spotlight as a pivotal component of ATM. The Challenge offers members of the WashU community the chance to form teams and track their commutes in terms of miles logged, calories burned, and CO2 saved. Teams and individuals can earn points by attending events, participating in the photo contest, and logging miles online. The Office encourages participants to log commutes regularly so that they can be included in weekly standings. Participants have the chance to win one of several prizes, including a Garmin fitness tracker, Urbanears headphones, and bike lights! One of the easiest ways to earn points is to submit a photo showcasing your commute, either through social media or by emailing Seth at email@example.com.
Coming up next week are more bike tune-ups and our Coffee for Commuters breakfast! Join us on Friday October 14 in DUC 234 from 8-9:30a for coffee, bagels, and a chance to talk through commute challenges and solutions with fellow commuters. We also encourage interested participants to join the ATM Facebook event to stay updated on the Challenge and other activities taking place through the end of the month.
This article was written by Anna Lin-Schweitzer, an Alternative Transportation Associate.