Celebration for winter bikers rolls onto UK campus next Wednesday


A student speeds by on a bicycle during class change on Wednesday, September 19th, 2018 in Lexington, Kentucky. Photo by Michael Clubb | Staff

Rick Childress

The skin-cracking wind chills and freezing temperatures of Central Kentucky winters rarely stop one group of hardy UK commuters. 

Bicyclists frequent the UK campus in rain, shine and snow. UK Transportation Services is hosting a celebration for those specific cyclists who remain on their two wheels even when the occasional polar vortex visits the Commonwealth. 

Winter Bike to Campus Day will be on Wednesday, Feb. 6, from 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. on the Mining and Minerals Research Plaza, according to a press release about the event.

Any UK students, faculty and staff who roll up on a bike will be able to enjoy coffee, hot chocolate and free things, the press release said. UK Transportation employees will be handing out bike lights, seat covers and other bike swag. 

Employees will also be there to give tips on winter cycling or bicycling in general. The Wildcat Wheels mobile bike shop will also be present to show participants how to load a bike onto a bus rack and perform bike tune-ups. 

Winter Bike to Campus day is intended to offer encouragement to all-weather cyclists and builds on the effort and education of showing cycling as a sustainable mode of transportation off and on campus,” the press release stated.

Later in the spring semester, UK Transportation Services will also be hosting UK Spring Bike Maintenance Clinic on March 21 and Bike Week will be from April 8 through April 12.