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Remember to bike to work April 25

Last year MUSC celebrated the first organized Bike to Work day in May. This year the month of April is MUSC Bike Month and Bike to Work Day is April 25.
 
The purpose of MUSC Bike Month is to create awareness for safe biking and the importance of  sharing the road by following S.C. bike laws directed to both motorists and cyclists.
 
Biking is also  a healthy and environmentally friendly form of transportation to and from work. Every Friday in April, from 11:30 am to 1:30 p.m., there will be a table set up at the portico providing literature about local cycling events, advocacy clubs and maps of campus bike racks. Bikers also have the opportunity to register their bike with the City of Charleston through Public Safety.
 
In addition, Health 1st will be available to register cyclists, whose miles are eligible for inclusion in the MUSC Employee Wellness Program.
 
April 25 is the official MUSC Bike to Work Day. A table will be set up from 7 to 9 a.m. offering free snacks to anyone who commutes to work or school on their bike. The MUSC Wellness Center is offering showers and lockers for bikers.

Joy of cycling
  • It’s good for you—saves your knees from pounding on pavement; improves balance and fitness; allows the rider to slow down and smell the roses (or wisteria, or jasmine); and gets you the best parking places in downtown Charleston
  • Cycling is good for society—the bicycle is the most efficient form of transportation known to man or beast; 100 Kcal of energy powers a cyclist for three miles or an automobile for 285 feet. The bicycle is the most ubiquitous form of transportation worldwide, as cycling uses completely renewable energy and does not contribute to greenhouse gas emissions.
  • Bikers should wear a helmet, use a mirror, be visible and predictable, follow the rules of the road and be an advocate. Ask your representatives to support legislation that will help make cycling safer and more accessible, especially H3006. This bill, which passed unanimously in the House, improves and clarifies traffic laws relating to cycling. Bikers can support  advocacy groups such as the League of American Bicyclists (http://www.bikeleague.org), the Palmetto Cycling Coalition (http://www.pccsc.net), Coastal Cyclists (http://www.coastalcyclists.org), and Charleston Moves (http://www.charlestonmoves.org).
   

Friday, April 11, 2008
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