PSC Students and Employees Invited to Ride a Bike or Walk to Campus During Earth Week Celebration

Chicago Heights, IL—(ENEWSPF)—March 22, 2012.  As a part of Earth Week activities at PSC, students and employees are invited to ride a bike or walk to the campus during the week of April 16-20!

Biking and walking are good for the earth. These modes of transportation are less polluting than driving a car, conserve fuel, reduce your carbon footprint, and are a healthy way to commute.

Because we want your experience to be a safe and pleasant experience, some special activities have been planned for anyone who decides to bike to PSC:

Best Practices for Commuting by Bike. This 90 minute League of American Bicyclists course prepares bicyclists to use a bike for shopping and commuting.  It covers topics including route selection, bicycle choice, driving your bike safely in traffic, safety checks, dealing with cargo and clothing, lighting, reflection, and foul weather riding.
Choose ONE of the times below that work best for you:

  • Wednesday, March 28, 2012, 4:30-6:00 pm – Room 1318*          
  • Tuesday, April 3, 2012, 2:00-3:30 pm – Room 1322*

*If you would like to participate in one of the Best Practices for Commuting by Bike sessions, please RSVP to Beth Koprowski ([email protected]) by March 26.

Traffic Skills 101.This League of American Bicyclists course gives bicyclists the skills they need to ride confidently, legally, and safely for transportation, fitness and recreation, on roads, in traffic and on trails.  Participants will learn to be visible and predictable, to ride on roads and through intersections, and to avoid crashes.  The course covers bicycle selection and fitting, pre-ride safety checks, basic brake and derailleur maintenance, fixing a flat, essential bike handling skills, crash avoidance techniques, and includes a supervised road ride.  Recommended for adults and children above age fourteen.

The course has both on-line and on-bike sessions

  • Take the on-line session at http://bikeed.org.;  When you log in, please register in the Northern Illinois region. (Time required: about 4 hours)
  • The on-line session must be completed before attending the on-bike session.     
  • The 4 hour on-bike session includes basic handling skills, emergency maneuvers, and a supervised road ride.  The on-bike session will be held at PSC at 9:00 a.m., Saturday April 14.  
  1. Registration required. E-mail Beth Koprowski ([email protected]) by April 4 .      
  2. Participants must bring their own bike and a helmet       
  3. In the event of severe weather, instruction will be on Sunday, April 15, 1:30 pm.
  • Cost: $30 per person (may be waived, depending on numbers who enroll)          
  • Those who successfully complete the on-line lessons and demonstrate proficiency in the on-bike session will receive a Certificate of Completion for Traffic Skills 101.

For additional information or to register for one of the training sessions, call  Beth Koprowski, Sustainability Coordinator, at 708-709-7950 or e-mail: [email protected] or visit the PSC Sustainability Center: http://www.prairiestate.edu/sustainability