Novice to experienced cyclists are welcome at the Pop Up Bike Shop from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Sept. 23 at East Campus Quad.
Organized by Duke Parking & Transportation Services and Sustainable Duke, the shop will offer Duke community members a chance to get their bike fitted, registered and engraved. Also, bikes and bike accessories will be for sale, and representatives from Durham Cycles, Bike Durham, Duke Police Department and the city of Durham’s Vision Zero team, a project to eliminate traffic fatalities and serious injuries, will be available to answer questions.
Matthew Cushing, Duke’s transportation demand management outreach coordinator, said he hopes the event encourages and shows the accessibility of alternative transportation options at Duke, as biking can assist in both bettering the environment and promoting physical activity.
“Part of our goal in Parking and Transportation is to encourage the use of alternative transportation,” Cushing said. “What we’re hoping to do with the event is to make sure people have access to bikes and accessories so if they want to use alternative transportation they have the option to do so.”
Recent surveys by Duke’s Parking and Transportation Department show more than 3,000 bike commuters in the Duke community, and more than 1,000 are registered in Duke’s bike commuting program.
Cyclists at Duke are not required to register their bike, but enrollment in the program means a better chance of recovery if a bike is stolen, discounts at local businesses, and access to showers on campus. Full-time bike commuters are also eligible for two free parking passes per month.
During the pop up shop, equipment – such as helmets, locks and lights – will be for sale, and bike fitting will be offered to ensure rider comfort and pedaling efficiency. Visitors can also have their name and driver’s license number or Duke Unique ID and name engraved on their bike courtesy of the Duke Police Department.