May is National Bike Month and it’s a great time to get out those bikes and enjoy the warmer weather. Listening to the whirring of wheels and enjoying the spring breeze as you ride through Rochester is a refreshing way to embrace nature while getting a bit of exercise in. The University has opportunities to celebrate National Bike Month including new and improved bike stations, a pit stop event, and free classes.
The bike stations at Jackson Drive (re-opening on May 7) and East Drive are updated to prepare for University community members to safely park their bikes. The project was prompted by the successful improvements and installation of other bike racks, including the bike cage on the ground level of the Medical Center parking garage and bike racks beside the Computer Studies Building, and on Library Road alongside the electric charging station for vehicles. For $40 per year, bike commuters can purchase a permit to a bike station that comes with 24/7 access, space saver bike racks, a fix-it station with tools for bike repairs, a bench, and a camera for added security. Permits for the bike cage can be purchased through the Transportation and Parking Management Center at 70 Goler House during regular business hours, or at the Parking Office inside the main hospital garage after regular business hours.
Pit Stop Event
During Bike to Work Day, on Monday, May 10, fellow cyclists can enjoy a free snack at a pit stop event hosted by the Rochester Cycling Alliance, Reconnect Rochester and the University at the cycle track on Elmwood Avenue, across from the main hospital entrance. The event will occur from 7:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. and is a great opportunity to chat with other University members that cycle to the River and Medical campuses.
Members of the University community also have access to free, virtual education classes on bike safety and maintenance. Whether you are just learning how to ride on two wheels or a pro, these courses are a great way to connect with fellow cyclists. The Department of Transportation and Parking Management offers these one-hour sessions via Zoom from noon to 1 p.m. EDT, with time for questions at the end. The full schedule is available here. Registration is required.
Trail and Biking Map
Situated along the Genesee River and near the Erie Canal, the University is a wonderful bike destination with beautiful scenic spots. Popular trails near the River Campus and Medical Center are the Genesee Riverway Trail, Erie Canal Trail, and Lehigh Valley Trail. More information about nearby trails can be found with this detailed trail and biking map.
Written by Emily Su, Class of 2022