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Moravian College to Celebrate Bike Day – September 9

Bethlehem, Pa., September 8, 2008—“Cities have a parking problem—there are too many cars and not enough spaces for them,” said Professor Dutlinger, organizer of Moravian ‘s second annual “Bike Day at Moravian College. “Using bicycles can help because each bike means one less car. We want to contribute to making Bethlehem a clean, green place to live, work, and learn. Bicycling is a healthy and fun way to get where you need to go.”

The College will join forces with Coalition for Appropriate Transportation, and Action Wheels of Bethlehem to hold Bike Day on Tuesday, September 9, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the “1742 circle,” located near the Haupert Union Building, Monocacy and Locust Streets in Bethlehem, Pa. The campus community is invited to learn about biking as an alternative form of transportation, discover fun places to ride, and try out demo bikes and accessories. Visitors to the tent can also enter to win a $400 bicycle from Action Wheels that will be raffled off.

At 11:30 a.m., participants will be invited to take a “Safety Ride” from North to Hurd (South) Campus with CAT (Coalition for Appropriate Transportation) and learn the safest way to ride there and back. The safety ride will become a regular event each Friday at Moravian until the end of the fall semester.

The Mayor of Bethlehem John Callahan ’91 will hold a press conference at 1:00 p.m., near the corner of Main & Locust Streets to announce a new city initiative that will benefit both bike riders and motorists.

Members of the Coalition for Appropriate Transportation (CAT) will provide information on bicycle safety. Steve Schmitt, director of CAT, will be leading rides to show students the hot spots/fun places between Moravian’s Main Street and Hurd campuses. Frank Pavlick of CAT will answer questions about bicycle upkeep and repairs.

Last year, Moravian College join CAT as an institutional member.  At the event, Moravian students can join CAT for $5; and faculty and staff for $10. “We’ll also have sign-ups for cycling trips, maps of Bethlehem with the safest biking routes, local bike trails, handbooks on safety, and courses on bike repair and safety will be available,” Dutlinger noted.

Bike Day is sponsored by Moravian College’s President's Office, and Art Department. Additional sponsors include CAT (Coalition for Appropriate Transportation), Action Wheels, and the City of Bethlehem.

Moravian College is a private, coeducational, selective liberal arts college located in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Tracing its founding to 1742, it is recognized as America's sixth-oldest college. Visit the Web site at www.moravian.edu.