Active Commute Week

Active Commute Week 2014

Grand Rapids Active Commute Week
May 13-17th, 2014 Walk + Roll + Ride

GVSU partners with the  Greater Grand Rapids Bicycle Coalition (GGRBC) to present  Active Commute Week! In honor of National Bike to Work Week, we challenge you to think actively this spring when considering transportation in Grand Rapids. Compete as an individual, or as an employee within a participating company in this one week challenge. Awards and prizes will be awarded to winning participants!


Events:

  • Active Commute Week Challenge - May 13-17th
  • Bike To Work Day Pit Stops - Friday, May 17th 7:00-9:00am
  • Bike Shop Discounts - Information
  • Workshops and Scheduled Rides - Full Schedule
    -Bicycling as a Form of Transportation, Recreation, and Fitness - Tuesday, May 4th 5:15pm
    -Group Ride from Allendale to PEW Campus - Tuesday, May 14th 5:30pm
    -Basic Bicycle Maintenance and Repair - Tuesday, May 14th 5:45pm
    -Ada Bike Shop Group Ride - Tuesday, May 14th 6:00pm
    -Bike Repair 101 - Thursday, May 16th 7:00pm
  • Active Commute Week Celebration - Friday, May 17th 5:00-9:00pm

Biking On Campus:

Find a safe route to campus from your home
Find information on bike parking, showers, bus transportation and area bike shops and education on the GVSU Transportation website-Biking information

Facts:

  • The average person loses 13 pounds their first year of commuting by bike.
  • 40% of all car trips in the U.S. are made within 2 miles of home.
  • 60% of the pollution created by autos happens in the first few minutes of operation, before pollution control devices can work effectively.
  • Just 3 hours of biking per week can reduce your risk of heart disease and stroke by 50%.
  • The U.S. could save 462 million gallons of gas a year by boosting bicycle trips just half a percentage point: from 1% to 1.5% of all trips.


The actual calories you burn while riding your bike depend on your weight, speed, distance and other factors. Join the National Bike Challenge this May and calculate your calories, gas savings and miles!

10 mile round trip commute 5 days a week for a year


Vehicle MPG Gasoline Emissions
Small Car 35mpg 68 Gallons .7 Tons of CO2 Midsize Car 20mpg 124 Gallons 1.3 Tons of CO2 SUV/4x4 14mpg 170 Gallons 1.9 Tons of CO2

Information courtesy of Trek Bicycle Corporation.

 

Active Commute Week