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Vivien Pham
Communications Assistant
Thu, 05/30/2019 - 13:45

As the warmer weather kicks in for the spring term, the bicycle racks all over the Kitchener-Waterloo region being to fill up with people taking advantage of the clear roads and sunny skies. If there’s a time during the year to show extra appreciation for one of the first vehicles you were taught to steer as a kid, it’s on World Bicycle Day [external link].

In April 2018, June 3 was declared as World Bicycle Day by the United Nations [external link]. Its purpose is to recognize the history of this mode of transportation and all the ways it’s unique.

The bicycle is simple, affordable, versatile, environmentally sustainable, and has existed for two centuries!

If you’re looking to celebrate or learn more about bicycles and World Bicycle Day, here are a few ideas to get your feet off the ground while staying in the local KW region.

Explore the trails in the Tri-City area

A few perks of studying at UWaterloo are the tranquil neighbouring towns that are just a quick drive away. Give yourself a break for a few hours and discover the heritage and scenery within and beyond the Kitchener-Waterloo region. Whether you want to experiment with The Hydrocut [external link] - a series of 25 connected trails that vary by length and difficulty, or want to zip through RIM Park using the Walter Bean Grand River Trail [external link], there are numerous trails [external link] to suit your leisurely needs.

Partake in Bike Month 2019 [external link] with the Sustainability Office [external link]

Throughout all of June, the Sustainability Office is partnering up with TravelWise [external link] to host events and challenges all about the bicycle. Get schooled on bike repairs with an expert mechanic at the Bike Repair Lunch and Learn [external link], pick up some free swag, safety tips and lunch at the Bike Lunch [external link], and participate in the Bike Challenge [external link] for a chance to win one of seven amazing bike-related prizes!

Visit the Bike Centre for all your bicycle needs

One of the booths that will be at the Bike Lunch is our campus’ Bike Centre. They’ll be there for free tune-ups and to answer any questions you may have about their service! Outside of the Bike Lunch, the service advocates for sustainable transportation, cycling safety and anti bike thefts. Additionally, their rental program will still be open in June in case you’re looking to rent a bike for the month.

Mark your calendars, and safe cycling!