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Moravian College to Advocate Cycling with Bike Day

Bethlehem, Pa., August 29, 2007— Moravian College will hold its first “Bike Day at Moravian College” on Wednesday, September 12, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 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.

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.

Saucon Valley Bikes will have a table of biking information, six demo bikes, and safety gear such as helmets and lights. The bikes and equipment will be for sale.

Moravian College will raffle off a new bicycle from Saucon Valley Bikes on September 12th. “To be eligible to win the bike, students have to pledge that they will use the bike as their first choice to get around campus,” said biking enthusiast Anne Dutlinger, professor of art at Moravian. “Other gear, like subscriptions to Bicycling Magazine, safety vests, and T-shirts designed by art students also be prizes.”

Moravian College recently join CAT as an institutional member.  At the event, Moravian students can join memberships in 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.

“Cities have a parking problems—there are too many cars and not enough spaces for them,” said Dutlinger. “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.”

Bike Day is sponsored by the Moravian College President's Office, Parking Task Force Committee, the Environmental Coalition, studiosouth, Art Department, and individual faculty members. Additional sponsors include CAT (Coalition for Appropriate Transportation), Saucon Valley Bikes, Rodale’s Bicycling Magazine, Queen’s Nutritional Products, Nestle Waters, and Nuts About Ice Cream.

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.