Bike GT

Bike GT

Supporting Bicycling at Georgia Tech

New Look, New Leadership!

You may notice BikeGT has a new look – we’ve gone through the website and given it a shiny new theme and updated the content (hopefully all the pages will be updated soon). It’s not just the website either: the BIIC itself has welcomed a new commander-in-chair, Mariam Asad! Johann is stepping down to focus on grad school (lame, right?), and do things like update the website, while Mariam is stepping up to take the BIIC into 2014-2015.

What will the future hold? Well, the Campus Bike Master Plan is being drafted by Alta Planning + Design as we speak, and will be presented to campus in August. We’ve tagged 160 abandoned bikes on campus, and will be removing them throughout the summer and fall. Those bikes will find new homes thanks to StarterBikes, and all those rack spaces will be able to serve 160 new bikes. We’re also putting the finishing touches on our campus Bicycle Use Policy in the formal Institute Policy Review Process, and it will be released for public comment pretty much any day now!

That’s a brief little snapshot of what’s happening around Georgia Tech over the next few months, but where we go from there? Well, that’s up to all of you! Get involved (we’re looking for new student members of the BIIC!), volunteer, and tell us what you think campus needs (classes? incentives? infrastructure? bike racks? bike shop?). Oh, and of course keep your eyes peeled for Bike Week 2014!

-BikeGT

Campus Bike Master Plan

Georgia Tech is currently working on development of a Campus Bike Master Plan (BMP) with Alta Planning+Design. We’d like to make sure everyone shares their thoughts on bicycling, so please share your thoughts using the form below!

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Update Coming

You know, the BIIC has been around a few years now, trying to get it’s start and doing the best it can. But it feels like maybe it’s time to step it up, and update our game. So that’s our next step. Interested? Let us know (info@bike.gatech.edu).

Also, we’re hoping to totally overhaul this page, so keep your eyes peeled for that too. We can always use help though!

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Bike Rack Feedback

Georgia Tech is considering where to invest in additional bike racks with some limited funding that has become available; please help us identify the areas most in need of new racks (you’re the users, your perspective counts above all!). Thank you!

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Helmet & Light Giveaway Contest!

Thanks to BuzzFunds and Val Peterson, we have over a dozen helmets+lights to give away! If you need one, all you have to do is submit your info below and we’ll randomly draw winners! Contest ends November 7th at Midnight.

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Bike Week Wrap-up

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First off, a HUGE thank you to everyone who participated in Bike Week! We had almost 200 participants in the Commuter Competition, 15 entrants (and 50+ judges!) in the Bike Show, and around 20 people rode alongside Bud Peterson in the Ride with the President. All in all, not a bad week! To make things even better, we now have over 70 different prizes to give out to all those participants (plus everyone gets a sweet Bike Week t-shirt!!). If you participated in the Commuter Competition or Bike Show, you’ve already received an email with instructions on how to claim your prizes. For those of you wondering who won our different competitions, here are the results:

Commuter Competition:

Student: 1st Place – Morris Satin (62 miles), 2nd Place – Megan Lutz (48.5 miles), 3rd Place – Oliver Boudreaux (45 miles)

Staff: 1st Place – Kevin Cook (108.4 miles), 2nd Place – Brian Rooney (70 miles), 3rd Place – Federico Tobon-Aguirre (45 miles)

Faculty: 1st Place – Jeff Geronimo (72.4 miles), 2nd Place – Robert Butera (56 miles), 3rd Place – Victor Breedveld (44 miles)

Departmental Competition: Most Riders – Mechanical Engineering, Most Miles Per Rider (over 5 riders) – Electrical and Computer Engineering

 

Bike Show:

Best Commuter Bike – Geries Abuakel

Safest Bike – Jonathan DiGioia

Best Road/Race Bike – Reed Alexander

Most Impressive – David Crites

 

Finally, an enormous shout-out to all of our fantastic sponsors:

Auxiliary Services BuzzFunds

Rocky Mountain Pizza

Highland Bakery

Atlanta Bicycle Coalition

Yeah! Burger

Monday Night Brewing

Red Brick Brewing

Intown Bicycles

 

Thank you, and hope to see you next year!

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Log Your Commutes for Bike Week

The Commuter Competition

The Commuter Competition is the heart of Bike Week; it represents an opportunity to encourage more students, staff, and faculty to commute by bike, as well as to thank everyone already riding to and from campus! Participation in the competition is free, all you have to do is return to bike.gatech.edu each day to log your mileage (it’ll only take a few seconds each time), and we’ll do all the rest. And remember, get your friends and coworkers to try out bike commuting; they can help your department have a better shot at winning one of the departmental awards!

Individual Prizes

We’re excited to be offering a variety of prizes from Regal Cinemas, Target, REI, Octane Coffee, Intown Bicycles, ORGT, the CRC, Rocky Mountain Pizza, and more for individual participants, including a special event t-shirt!

Everyone who participates will be entered in a random drawing for additional prizes, as well as being eligible for prizes based on your mileage, days ridden, etc. You could win gift cards, bike gear, apparel, or other great prizes!

The Departmental Prizes

As much as we want to see individuals riding, what we’re really hoping for is departments to come together and show their solidarity and commitment to being supportive and encouraging of their bike commuters. Every participant will note their department, and we’ll keep track of which departments have the most commuters and most miles.

**The Commuter Competition Form is now closed, thank you to everyone who participated!**

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Bike Week 2013

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This October 7-11 marks the third annual Georgia Tech Bike Week, created to encourage more people to ride their bikes to and around Georgia Tech, through prizes, incentives, fun events, and competition.

The centerpiece of Bike Week is a week-long Commuter Challenge. All students, staff, and faculty can use a simple form (which will be made available on the bike.gatech.edu front page during the week) to log their miles and department each day; by doing so, you will be entered in random drawings, and eligible to win prizes for mileage and days ridden! Plus, departments will be competing with each other for the opportunity to have a bike rack dedicated to their victory at their building, plus year-long bragging rights!

In addition to the commuter competition, there are events each day, including:

- Information tables Tuesday from 11-1pm along Tech Walkway

- Helmet Decorating on Tuesday afternoon from 4-5pm in the Student Center

- Ride with President Bud Peterson Wednesday afternoon (4:45pm) with members of the administration, including staff of Capital Planning, Parking and Transportation, Facilities, and the President himself! (This ride is very casual) Departs from the Trolley turnaround adjacent to the Student Center and Tech Walkway.

- A Bike Show on Thursday afternoon (1-3pm on Tech Walkway west/Tech Green) where you can win sweet prizes for having the best commuter bike, the best lit bike, the best in show, and the most unusual!

There will also be free repair stations open along Tech Walkway occasionally throughout the week!

Bike Week is a collaboration between the Bicycle Infrastructure Improvement Committee (BIIC), StarterBikes, Students Organizing for Sustainability (SOS), Students for Progressive Transit (SfPT), GT Cycling Club, and many others. Make sure to check back in during the week for updated information including prize details, photos, and more!

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Apply to be on the BIIC!

The BIIC is bidding farewell to some of its members as they go off to bigger and better things; this means we’re looking for new members (particularly undergraduates!). If you’re interested, complete the application form below! We’ll contact you via email if we think you’re a good fit for the committee.

Incident Report Form now available

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The BIIC, in partnership with Stamps Health Center, has made available on our website a new Incident Report Form that can be quickly submitted online to let us know about any issues you encounter around campus. We encourage everyone to take advantage of this tool to help us make better decisions about improvements to campus for cyclists!

The form can be found at the following link:

http://bike.gatech.edu/resources/incident-report-form/