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Remember to bike to work April 25
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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