Welcome back Bucky bicyclists! Here are a few updates on the University Bicycle Resource Center (UBRC) and bicycling on UW-Madison campus this fall.
Out of an abundance of caution due to the high number of touch points and in an effort to try to limit the spread of COVID-19, the bike shop at UBRC will be closed for the fall semester. However, you can still perform DIY bicycle repairs at air and repair stations located throughout campus (see the map at https://transportation.wisc.edu/wp-content/uploads/sites/28/2017/12/Bicycle-Air-Repair-Station-and-Specialty-Parking-Locations-Map.pdf).
However, we will continue to offer bicycle mechanics and safety classes throughout the 2020-2021 academic year. In the fall these classes will move to a virtual format. The first class will be a Bicycle Flat Fix Class on Tuesday, September 15, 2020 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Pre-registration is required, and the class is limited to 12 attendees. Once you register and are approved by the host, you will receive a confirmation email with instructions for joining the session. The class will be taught by India Viola, local bicycle advocate and educator. You will learn what you need to fix flat tires with confidence in this in-depth flat fix clinic for front wheels. There will be lots to learn for both beginners and people who have changed a flat before. Follow along on your own bike or with your own front wheel. Register at https://uwmadison.webex.com/uwmadison/k2/j.php?MTID=tb31c312715ebc6f168fc68e56dd86e47 We are still setting the class schedule for the rest of the year. Check https://transportation.wisc.edu/bicycling/university-bicycle-resource-center/ for the updated schedule.
We also wanted to let you know that for the month of September the greater Madison area is celebrating “Cycle September” and UW-Madison is joining in the fun! UW activities include a bicycle Scavenger Hunt with prizes and participation in the Love to Ride Challenge. For details see https://transportation.wisc.edu/bicycling/#cycleseptember
In this crazy time bicycling is probably one of the safest and healthiest forms of travel, so get out there. Be safe, be well, and have a great fall semester!
Darwin “Dar” Ward
Commuter Solutions Manager
UW-Madison Transportation Services