The Chicago Network of Sustainability in Higher Education (CNSHE) will host its first Chicagoland Bike2Campus Week April 21-25.
The Chicagoland Network for Sustainability in Higher Education (CNSHE) is a network of higher education institutions working to advance sustainability and accelerate climate action. CNSHE does such by working with students, staff and faculty to share best practices and by collaborating to achieve institutional and common goals which benefit the region and society at-large. As a result of collaboration CNSHE will launch the initiative Bike2Campus which will focus on engaging students.
Bike2Campus is a five-day alternative transit challenge to get Chicagoland university and college students on their bicycles. The event encourages students to reduce emissions, practice healthy lifestyles, and learn about bike safety issues.
Much like other commuter challenges, this event is geared towards educating college-level students on cycling as a safe mode of transit. Bike2Campus is part challenge, part competition. It will allow students to track their trips to and from campus while the supporting institutions will track their students’ trips through an online survey and social media platforms. At the end of the week, the school with the highest percentage of participation for their institution will be selected as winners. Prizes will be awarded, with a grand prize of a 4-year DIVVY membership and a feature photo of the winner on Divvy’s website.
Students can also participate via social media in two ways: by taking a photo of themselves on or with their bicycles and tagging #bike2campus, AND/OR taking the Illinois Bicycle safety quiz and posting their certificate, http://www.bikesafetyquiz.com, students will be eligible to win prizes.
Throughout the week, each campus will plan safe, fun and engaging events around the city. Students can find these campus-centric events listed on our website as Bike2Campus approaches. The week will end with Chicago Critical Mass, a ride that takes cyclists through downtown Chicago on the last Friday of each month.
Participating CNSHE institutions include Roosevelt University, the City Colleges of Chicago, Columbia College Chicago, University of Chicago, University of Illinois-Chicago, Loyola University Chicago, Dominican University, Northwestern University, Illinois Institute of Technology and the School of the Art Institute Chicago. This program has received generous support from sponsors DIVVY Bikes, Chipotle, and the Chicago Department of Transportation. For more information visit bike2campus.com.
Photo credit: The above images are from “A Visitor’s Guide to Biking in Chicago,” by John Greenfield (7 Sept 2011)