September 27th, 2013 @ 12:13 pm by Camille Kirk
The following is a guest post from Leslie Mancebo, the goClub coordinator at UC Davis Transportation and Parking Services:
Over the years UC Davis has received honors on a national scale for its bike friendliness. These accolades have been well-deserved, especially when you consider that each fall thousands of new students arrive at UC Davis, many of whom haven’t ridden a bicycle since childhood, if ever. There is no time that this transition is more apparent than during the first few weeks of Fall Quarter. Those who have been on campus for a number of years are familiar with the sight of new students trying to navigate bike paths and roundabouts for the first time which sometimes leads more seasoned riders to avoid busier bike paths during the first few weeks of Fall Quarter.
In 2010, the results of the annual Campus Travel Survey showed that the presence of some cyclists who, knowingly or unknowingly, do not obey traffic laws resulted in others choosing to not ride a bicycle on campus. As a result, UC Davis Transportation and Parking Services and the UC Police Department collaborated to create the Bicycle Education and Enforcement Program (BEEP).
As we find ourselves at the beginning of another school year, the bike paths will be filling up with students, staff and faculty new and old and we are reminded that bicycle safety is a crucial component in maintaining the bike friendly lifestyle at UC Davis. As part of our ongoing bicycle safety efforts we are pleased to announce the release of a new bicycle safety video that will not only replace the old video as part of the BEEP bike safety course, but is also available for anyone to watch as a refresher course highlighting the importance of bike safety at UC Davis. The 19-minute video is available online at https://vimeo.com/75059452 and the complete bike safety course is available at http://bikesafety.ucdavis.edu.
Post-script: We just heard from Leslie that the video has broken 3,000 views since it was posted a week ago!