FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Loyola University Chicago Partners with Chicago Network of Sustainability in Higher Education for First Bike2Campus Week
CHICAGO, April 1, 2014 — Loyola University Chicago will partner with the Chicago Network of Sustainability in Higher Education (CNSHE) for its first Chicagoland Bike2Campus Week April 21–25.
CNSHE is a network of higher education institutions working to advance sustainability and accelerate climate action. CNSHE shares best practices, lessons learned, and works collectively to achieve institutional and collective goals to benefit the region and society at-large. As a result of the collaboration, CNSHE will launch the initiative Bike2Campus, which will focus on engaging students.
Bike2Campus is a five-day alternative transit challenge to get Chicagoland university and college students on their bicycles. The event encourages students to reduce emissions, practice healthy lifestyles, and learn about bike-safety issues.
Much like other commuter challenges, this event is geared towards educating college level students on cycling as a safe mode of transit. Bike2Campus is part challenge, part competition. It will allow students to track their trips to and from campus while the supporting institutions will track their students’ trips through an online survey and social media platforms. At the end of the week, the school with the highest percentage of participation for their institution will be selected as winners. Prizes will be awarded, with a grand prize of a four-year DIVVY membership and a feature photo of the winner on DIVVY’s website.
Students can also participate via social media in two ways: by taking a photo of themselves on or with their bicycles and tagging #bike2campus, and/or by taking the Illinois Bicycle safety quiz at bikesafetyquiz.com and posting their certificate. Participating students will be eligible to win prizes.
Throughout the week, each campus will plan safe, fun, and engaging events around the city. Students can find these campus-centric events listed on the Bike2Campus website as it approaches. The week will end with Critical Mass, a ride that takes cyclists through downtown Chicago on the last Friday of each month.
Participating CNSHE institutions include Loyola University Chicago, City Colleges of Chicago, Columbia College Chicago, University of Chicago, University of Illinois-Chicago, Roosevelt University, Dominican University, Northwestern University, Illinois Institute of Technology, and the School of the Art Institute Chicago.
This program has received generous support from sponsors DIVVY Bikes, Chipotle, and the Chicago Department of Transportation. For more information, visit bike2campus.com.
About Loyola University Chicago
Founded in 1870, Loyola University Chicago is one of the nation’s largest Jesuit, Catholic universities, with nearly 16,000 students. More than 10,000 undergraduates hailing from all 50 states and 82 countries call Loyola home. The University has four campuses: three in the greater Chicago area and one in Rome, Italy, as well as course locations in Beijing, China; Saigon-Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam; Vernon Hills, Illinois (Cuneo Mansion and Gardens); and a Retreat and Ecology Campus in Woodstock, Illinois. The University features 10 schools and colleges, including the Quinlan School of Business, Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing, Stritch School of Medicine, College of Arts and Sciences, School of Communication, School of Continuing and Professional Studies, School of Education, School of Law, School of Social Work, and Graduate School. Consistently ranked a top national university by U.S. News & World Report, Loyola is also among a select group of universities recognized for community service and engagement by prestigious national organizations like the Carnegie Foundation and the Corporation for National and Community Service. To learn more about Loyola, visit LUC.edu, “like” us at Facebook.com/LoyolaChicago, or follow us on Twitter via @LoyolaChicago or @LoyolaNewsroom.
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