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University of Windsor




Pedallers rolling onto campus next week




Nicole Noel enjoys commuting to campus by bicycle.

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Cycling isn't just for sporting enthusiasts, says Nicole Noel—it's a legitimate form of transportation.

The research coordinator for the Centre for Studies in Social Justice, she is one of the organizers of Bike Week @ UWindsor, an initiative to spread that message across campus.

Noel says cycling enjoys many advantages: it's healthy exercise, reduces pollution, and is cheaper than driving

"Windsor is a great city for riding a bike," she says. "For one thing, it's flat."

And it's safer than many people think. Noel notes that during her seven-kilometre commute to work from South Windsor, some days she passes only six or seven cars: "I'll see more bikes than cars."

Bike Week is a project of the Office of the Vice-President, Administration and Finance—one of several in progress to advance campus sustainability, says policy advisor Arthur Barbut, the event's other organizer.
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From September 20 to 24, students, staff and faculty who ride to campus will be treated to a free breakfast, and will receive ballots for a prize raffle sponsored by Campus Recreation and local shops Ambassador Bicycles and Courtesy Bicycles.

The University has erected a new covered bike shelter in front of Essex Hall. Campus Parking Services and Facility Services paid for the structure to reduce auto congestion around the university. That site will host Monday's breakfast, from 8 to 9 a.m. Locations for other days have yet to be announced. Check for details at www.uwindsor.ca/bike.