Bike to Campus Day Keeps Cyclists Rolling

April 17, 2015

With cycling season in full swing, faculty, students, and staff rode to campus on two wheels for Columbia's annual Bike to Campus Day, which took place on April 15th at the Morningside Campus and April 17th at CUMC. Bikers received free tuneups for their squeaky gears and flabby tires, got disounts on locks and accessories, registered their bikes with the NYPD, and checked-out other bicycle-related services such at CitiBike.

This year's event, sponsored by Columbia Public Safety, drew over 100 bicyclists. In addition to bike services, Public Safety offered free engraving of laptops and cell phones to help prevent loss or theft.

"Today was a great day," said Ricardo Morales, manager of crime prevention programs at Columbia and organzier of the event. "More and more people are riding their bikes, and we want to give them the resources to do it safely," he said.

Last year Columbia was recognized as a "Bike Friendly University" by the League of American Bicyclists, the first university in New York City to receive the designation, and one of only six universities in New York State.

"We are thrilled to be recognized as a Bicycle Friendly University," said Joe Ienuso, executive vice president for Columbia University Facilities and Operations. "We look forward to working with the League and our University community to find even more ways to encourage biking as part of our commitment to a healthy and sustainable campus environment."

To find New York City bike paths, click here. And to find bike racks around the CUMC campus, click here.