Bike week pedals onto campus

Rachel Strickland | The Duquesne Duke Biking is becoming more popular on Duquesne’s campus, according to members of the BikeDuq club. The club recently sponsored a week of biking-related activities that included group rides, informational sessions and city biking lessons.

Rachel Strickland | The Duquesne Duke
Biking is becoming more popular on Duquesne’s campus, according to members of the BikeDuq club. The club recently sponsored a week of biking-related activities that included group rides, informational sessions and city biking lessons.

By Kayla Casavant | The Duquesne Duke

Duquesne faculty and students came together this week for the first Duquesne Bike Week, which offered opportunities for new and experienced cyclists to learn more about pedal-powered transportation.

BikeDuq, a club connected to the Rangos School of Health Sciences, hosted the week-long event to promote bike usage on campus and advocate for biker safety.

Dr. David Lampe, associate professor of Biological Sciences, is a founding member of BikeDuq and a primary organizer for Bike Week.

“Bike Week is a time to promote bicycle culture on the Duquesne campus,” Lampe said. He said participants in Bike Week activities learned how to “cycle in the city with confidence.”

Bike Week events included a demonstration on using bike racks on Port Authority buses and group rides on trails in Downtown.

“Bike week is our attempt at getting people to understand how fun and practical cycling in Pittsburgh can be,” Lampe said.

Partly thanks to BikeDuq’s efforts, biking on and around campus has become more prevalent, Lampe said. However, this means that drivers must be more cautious and prepared to stop for a cyclist.

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