Join the Office of Sustainability, Parking and Transportation Services and friends for a month of exciting events centered around Active Transportation! Transportation makes up the largest percentage of the average American’s carbon footprint, making active transportation programming a crucial component of Campus Sustainability Month.
But going car-free, by biking, walking, and using public transit, is not only beneficial to our environment but also to our personal health and wellness. And as the University executes the East End Transformation and operates parking changes, alternative transportation is becoming increasingly significant on WashU campuses.
With many fun and educational events throughout the month of October, we aim to to recognize and support our active commuters, encourage current drivers to utilize alternative transportation, educate about mobility and safety on campus pathways, and gain a better understanding of the WashU community’s transportation patterns and challenges.
We hope you can join us in (re)shaping the way our University moves!
Schedule of Events
COMMUTER RESOURCE FAIR // Thursday October 5, 11am-2pm, Edison Courtyard outside of the DUC, Danforth Campus.
The Commuter Resource Fair is an essential of Active Transportation Month. In addition to offering free bike tune-ups, this event will feature alternative transportation consultations from Parking & Transportation Services, bike registrations and discounted U-Lock sales, discounted helmet sales and representatives from Bears Bikes and Enterprise Car-Share. To learn more about the services offered at the Commuter Fair, click here.
BIKE TUNE-UPS // 2 locations and 4 dates, 11am-2pm
Partner bike shops Big Shark Bicycles and Velofix will be offering two free bike tune-up sessions in the Edison Courtyard outside of the DUC on the Danforth Campus, and two sessions at the Medical School Campus Hope Plaza. Bike maps, bells, lights, and other fun gear will be available for all car-free commuters, experienced or newbies WUSM Campus to make your riding experience safer and more enjoyable. So if you haven’t shifted your commute yet, October is the time to do it!
- Thursday, October 5 – Danforth Campus (as part of Commuter Resource Fair)
- Tuesday, October 10 WUSM Campus
- Monday, October 16 – WUSM Campus
- Tuesday, October 24 – Danforth Campus
METROLINK RIDE AND FOOD ROOF TOUR // Saturday October 7, 9:15am-12pm, Meet at Brookings Hall Arch
Celebrate public transit and urban agriculture at its finest! Register now to take a ride on the Metrolink to the Food Roof, a rooftop farm in downtown St. Louis. Participants will get a chance to tour the 10,000 square foot farm, sample some of local produce and see the way the Food Roof’s innovative approach to farming.
This will be a great opportunity to experience the local Metro system as a group and to explore your home city in an original way! Please come with a Metro ticket or U-Pass. All full-time students are eligible for a free U-Pass with WashU Parking and Transportation Services. If you don’t have already one, request your U-Pass here!
Participation is limited so reserve your spot today. Click HERE to RSVP.
BIKE RIDE TO GROVEFEST WITH THE OUTING CLUB // Saturday October 7, Meet at 3pm on Forsyth in front of Hillman Hall, return at 6pm
Ride along with WashU’s Outing Club to the 12th annual Grove Fest! A tradition in St. Louis’ Grove neighborhood, Grove Fest features street performances, local craft, fashion, and art vendors, and the opportunity to participate in creating a paint-by-numbers mural. The ride will be preceded by a short lesson on Missouri bicycle laws, road safety, and best practices.
CAR-FREE COMMUTE DAY // Wednesday October 18, many locations, many events
Modelled on the national Bike-to-Work day, WashU’s first official Car-Free Commute day will feature:
- Morning group rides led by WashU Bike Buddies from various neighborhoods (time and location vary, TBA)
- Free breakfast for Car-Free Commuters from 7:30am to 9am. There will be three refueling stations, including two on the Danforth campus (Mallinckrodt Bus Plaza and Skinker MetroLink station, by Green Hall building) and one at the School of Medicine (Hope Plaza).
- Bike Skillshare and Safety Class with WUPD at 5pm, outside of the DUC (Edison courtyard)
If you’d like to volunteer to help with any Active Transportation Month events, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org!