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Moravian College to hold Third Annual Bike Day

Tips for Sharing the Road and Safety Emphasized

Bethlehem, Pa., September 8, 2009—Art Professor Anne Dutlinger set out three years ago to help make Bethlehem a cleaner and greener place to live, work, and learn. She led an effort to hold a “bike day” each year at Moravian to increase awareness among the campus community and get people riding bikes and using alternative transportation. This year her senior graphic design class has stepped in and helped organize what is now the third annual “Bike Day at Moravian College “that will be held on Wednesday, 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. Students attending the event can also enter to win a $400 bicycle and/or a CAT Basic Bike Education Class (Coalition for Appropriate Transportation). Student designed custom t-shirts and posters will be available for purchase along with other bike gear, and free stuff like refreshments, riding maps, and music. Some of those students who produced MoCoZone, a special issue magazine focusing on sustainability at Moravian College, are involved in the effort including: Courtney Rosenberg, Jill Rice, Taylor Leonard, Jason Bonilla; also contributing are Laura Hullfish, Melissa Marcin, Rebecca Friedman, Brian Lauderman, Nicole Raskovic, Jillian Pagliei, Danielle Condomitti, Kristen Ditchko, and Matt Sanders.

“Cities have a parking problem; there are too many cars and not enough spaces for them,” noted Dutlinger. “Using bicycles can help because each bike means one less car.  Bicycling is a healthy and fun way to get where you need to go.”

Bike safety is important, so the issue of MoCo Zone Magazine included tips for proper riding which was adapted from “Ride Right” on www.bikeleague.com

  • Wear a helmet
  • Don’t ride on sidewalks
  • Be predictable, ride in a straight line
  • Clearly indicate your intention to pass
  • Be visible
  • Stop at stop signs and red lights
  • Practice bike handling skills
  • Stay out of the car door zone
  • Ride far enough away from the curb or roadway
  • Assert your position on the roadway when turning
  • Don’t be hostile to motorist or pedestrians
  • Keep your IPod low so you can hear what is around you

Bike Day is sponsored by Moravian College’s President's Office, and Art Department. Additional sponsors include CAT (Coalition for Appropriate Transportation), and Cutter's Bike Shop.

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.