Alternative Transportation Week Rewards Getting to Campus in New Ways
Thursday, Sep. 19, 2013
A highlight of Alternative Transportation Week is the Open Streets Festival Sept. 23.
Alternative Transportation Week is celebrated on the Utah State University campus in Logan Sept. 23-27.
Sponsored by Aggie Blue Bikes, a program with USU’s Center for Civic Engagement and Service-Learning (formerly known as the Student Sustainability Office), the event is in its second year. Last year’s event drew more than 500 participants. During the week, USU students, faculty and staff are encouraged to use alternatives to driving a single-occupancy vehicle to campus.
Participants enter drawings to win prizes every time they cycle, carpool, walk or take the bus to campus, by swiping their USU Card at the TSC Hub, Aggie Blue Bikes, the Human Resources Building or the Information Desk at the Merrill-Cazier Library.
“We want citizens to look at their habits and see if they can add a few trips per week that use alternative forms of transportation,” said Aggie Blue Bikes Program Coordinator Stephanie Tomlin.
The ultimate goal of the week is to encourage alternative transportation in an effort to reduce air pollution in Cache Valley. In July, Aggie Blue Bikes received an $89,660 grant from the Federal Highway Administrations’ Congestion Mitigation Air Quality funds.
This year, the week-long celebration kicks off with an Open Streets Festival Sept. 23 with speakers, live music, food and information booths. From 4-7 p.m., 700 North through campus will be closed to vehicle traffic from approximately 800 East to 1200 East to accommodate an active transportation parade, where participants are encouraged to bike, skate, walk or jog. Following the parade, Logan City Council members Herm Olsen and Holly Daines will speak about alternative transportation planning in Cache County, and USU Vice President for Student Services James Morales, will announce winners of the National Bike Challenge. USU has more than 200 participants in the National Bike Challenge, which started May 1.
“Wrapping up the National Bike Challenge is a great lead in to encouraging alternative transportation year-round,” said Morales.
The final hour of the Open Streets Festival offers live music performed by Raccoon Dog, food and information booths.
Aggie Blue Bikes advocates cycling as a viable form of transportation at USU and throughout Cache Valley. By removing barriers to cycling, the program strives to help reduce vehicle miles traveled by USU community members. Alternative Transportation Week stretches the mission of Aggie Blue Bikes to encompass any form of transportation that helps reduce vehicle miles traveled.
The Division of Student Services at Utah State University and administrative home to the Center for Civic Engagement and Service-Learning is committed to student success and organized into fifteen unique departments, each with a variety of dedicated programs and services that foster engagement, leadership, wellness and access and diversity for all students.
Contact:Stephanie Tomlin, 435-797-8139, Stephanie.firstname.lastname@example.org
Writer: Jennifer Pemberton, 435-797-0705, Jennifer.email@example.com