On Grounds Bike Sale Promotes Cycling on Campus

By: Suzanne Wilson Email
By: Suzanne Wilson Email

August 26, 2013

The University of Virginia is getting back to it's normal, busy state and students are making last minute preparations before the first day of classes. Monday, an On Grounds Bike Sale was held to encourage students to get off their feet and onto a bike.

Sometimes, it's hard to get around Uva., especially if you live on one side of campus and have to get to the other side in a snap.

Boning Luo, UVa. first-year architecture student, took advantage of the On Grounds Bike Sale and it's deals.

Luo said, ""I live in the central ground area on McCormick Road. It's kind of far from away. So, I need a bike. I don't have to go to the Walmart. It's very convenient for us to choose and buy a bike today."

Shawn Tevenda, Owner of Blue Ridge Cyclery, said, "We're doing some package deal type things in order to ensure they are getting the helmet, the light, and the lock and everything they need as one time today."

The bike sale is a one stop shop for students. It's been around for three years and it's a way to keep students safe on grounds.

Tevenda said, "We can make sure they are getting quality bicycles for riding around the Charlottesville city are. As well as, helmets and lights and safety equipment that's really required for safe cycling here in this area."

UVa. Police were also on hand to register the bikes. Each bike gets a decal and a registration number that is linked to both the bike and owner, forever.

Angela Tabler, UVa. Police Crime Prevention Coordinator, said, "A lot of times it can be a deterrent when they see the decal on the bike for anyone trying to steal the bikes. If it's stolen or misplaced or if one's recovered we can track it back to the individual who registered the bike with us."

There were a couple of bike technicians available for those student who already have bikes making sure they are in good shape.

To register your bike with the UVa. Police click Link there.

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