Penn State Celebrates Bike-Friendly Travel
Penn State will offer bikers a chance to learn about bike-friendly options in the State College Area today on its Bike-to-Work Day.
Sponsored by the Penn State Sustainability Institute, Parking Office, and the Centre Region Bicycle Advisory Committee, the event will allow participants to register their bikes from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. in front of the Allen Street gates at the intersection of Allen Street and College Avenue. Information regarding the area’s efforts to enhance sustainable transportation will also be provided to participants.
Penn State and State College received bronze status in bike-friendliness from the League of American Bicyclists, with Pennsylvania being named the 19th most bike-friendly state. According to the State College statistics page, a study found that 1.22 percent of commuters use bicycles in State College compared to walkers who make up 11.3 percent of commuters and transit users who make up 4.77 percent. State College has been “bike-friendly” since 2004, according to the League of American Bicyclists, whereas Penn State has only been since 2012.
Among the other Penn State efforts to encourage biking in the area, Active Lions, an active travel app made by kinesiology professor Melissa Bopp, allows bikers to log their trips to see how much money they save and calories they burn. The app also allows users to see how others have benefited since logging their trips on the app, and as of Thursday night, 266 biking trips were logged for a total of 1,134 miles traveled and 108,026 calories burned.
Those who can’t make it to today’s event to register their bike can still do so online.