The ability to take 2-3 months off from daily routines is common for students during the summer, or for people transitioning between jobs. These opportunities are rare and it is important to make the most of them. For ambitious students this time is typically used for internships, summer research, or maybe even summer classes. But what about alternative plans that go beyond the standard adding to a resume? Perhaps traveling, meeting new people, or volunteering for a worthwhile cause? I recently heard about an experience, which does exactly that, called Bike & Build.
The idea behind Bike & Build is simple; Bike across America while supporting affordable housing options. Yes, this means participants will be riding a bike from coast to coast. Supporting affordable housing means you will be raising money for affordable housing projects AND you will be actually building these houses along your way.
Do you have to be an experienced cyclist/housing advocate who is harboring dreams of months-long adventures? No. But you will be when you finish. The program has extensive support for riders and housing advocates of all levels. You don’t even have to own a bike (or a hammer) to participate. Some of the details are listed below:
- It’s a young crowd. Ages of participants are around 18-28.
- There are multiple routes to cross the US. Each route will have about 30 riders who will be supported by a van, driven by 4 leaders.
- Each rider agrees to raise a minimum of $4,500 in donations (this may seem like a lot but there is extensive alumni connections and fund raising support from Bike & Build).
- After raising $1,000, Bike & Build will give you a new road bike.
- Bike & Build coordinates the entire trip! This includes sleeping arrangements, food, and routes – at no cost to you. You will mostly be staying in community centers, churches, and at campgrounds.
- The application for each summer’s ride opens up the previous fall.
- For more details see the Bike & Build website
Check out some of the routes below. The route starting in NC ends up in beautiful San Diego, CA (3,552 miles later)
If you still have questions after looking through the website, you can reach out to Kerri who is doing the ride this summer (firstname.lastname@example.org). She is also still fund raising for her ride and could definitely use your support. Kerri is a teaching assistant here at Duke and would be happy to talk to you about the Bike & Build program. If you would like to support the program and help Kerri out, you can donate here – http://bikeandbuild.org/rider/5494. Thanks for your support, and we hope we can encourage you to join the experience next summer.
Tip top cycles is a new bike shop that just opened up last month. Its located in Old West Durham, right at the end of the 9th Street shopping district. Situated in historic bank building that also houses Bruegger’s Bagels and Zola Craft Gallery, on the ground level. Stop by and check it out. They do repairs, sell used bicycles, and accessories for the commuter (lights, helmets, locks, etc). If your trying to fix up that old beater, bring it by and they’ll give you some good advice. If you’re looking for some good weekend destination rides, give ‘em a call, I’m sure they’ll be happy to chat you up.
Tip-Top Cycles - 624 9th St. Durham, NC 27705 – Hours: Monday thru Saturday 10 to 6
CONTACT them :Phone: 919.797.2886 or Email: email@example.com
From last weekend’s beautiful weather, fall is now upon us. If you opened your front door, stood out side in the sun and felt the cool refreshing breeze, you probably said “I wish a had a mountain bike, and i wish that mountain bike was a new hardtail 29er”. Well thats a good thought to have this time of year because all the bike stores are having sales on 2011 bikes to help make room for the 2012 models. Most stores are giving 20-30% off all 2011 models that are originally priced over $1000. Thats some serious savings. So if you were even thinking about a new road/mountain bike, check out some stores. For the biggest selection try stores like Performance Bike, and the Bicycle Chain. Here is the list of all Bicycle Chain’s available sale bikes.
I believe this happened a little while ago, but I just heard about it. BicycleHaywoodNC, a local advocacy group in Western North Carolina, was awarded a $40k dollar bike planning grant by the French Broad Metropolitan Planning Organization. Along with approximately $11k raised by the group, it is now moving strongly ahead toward development of a county wide bike plan, which is believed to be the first county wide plan in the State of North Carolina. You can check out who they are and what they’re about here
Since when did Puma start making bikes? This is the first time I have heard of them, but I’m really not surprised. Puma has always had a creative pulse on items that extend beyond their mainstream footwear. I have been to a few stores in new york and boston, and have always been surprised about what I find in them, including a sweet line of gore-tex jackets. And this is a great deal if you’re looking to get an undoubtely unique bike at a low price. Below is their hook and here is the link for the deal. (ends June 7th, 2011)
“Walking takes too long. Driving is expensive. Bussing it is just plain annoying. But biking is juuuust right. Puma helps you rediscover the joy of a two-wheel cruise with its collection of smartly designed (and easy on the eyes) bicycles.
Puma conceived its bikes with the urban rider in mind. They’re pared down to the bare essentials, so they maneuver like a dream, glide smoothly, and stand the everyday beating of city life. Built by the bike docs at Biomega, each geometrically designed model is named after an island in the Atlantic Ocean. Choose from bright color-block patterns or a more subdued black or white; special features include BMX handlebars and a folding mechanism that reduces the frame by 50 percent for better portability. The bikes come in sizes for men and women, meaning you can get fit, go for a joy ride, and reduce your carbon footprint as a team.
$755 Toward a Puma Bike for $199
Once in a while, a Deal comes along that really gets your wheels spinning. Consider this one of them. For $199, you get 755 buckaroos toward the Puma bike of your choice — meaning your Deal voucher alone gets you the Nevis model (a $755 value). But you can also opt to put the $755 toward a more expensive model (the line ranges up to $1,250; all prices include shipping and tax). Either way, you’d better act fast — quantities are quite limited.”
Duke Parking and Transportation will be holding a Bike Commuting event on the Bryan Center Bridge this Wednesday, May 25th from 4-6pm. Come by on your way home and register to win various bike prizes! We will be giving out free bike seat covers, water bottles, t-shirts and more! Duke Police – Crime Prevention will be on-hand to engrave your bike. You’ll also get to speak with representatives from the Durham Bike Co-Op, the Duke Outpost, Duke Sustainability, the Durham Bike and Pedestrian Advisory Commission and Duke Parking and Transportation.
If you know someone that hasn’t registered with Duke Parking and Transportation, they can do so online at:
Registering helps our push for more investment in Duke’s bike infrastructure. As you know, they’ll also receive free daily parking passes for the days you need to drive and access to the gym showers weekday mornings.
I’ll be there to answer any questions you have. Please come out and meet the people that can support your choice to commute by bike.
Transportation Demand Management Coordinator
Duke Parking and Transportation
This monday is national bike to work week. So get out there and meet your coworkers on the saddle. If you need some new summer gear for the bike, there are some sales going on at Performance Bike in chapel hill (link)
Tour de Duke: Rock out with your Bike out!
When: Thursday, April 21, 2011 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
Where: Science Drive cul-de-sac in front of the Physics Building
Description: Join the DUGI for some fun in the sun, costumes and great prizes as we cruise around West and East campus. Register to take part, and have a chance to win a free bicycle made out of 100% recycled material (valued at $500). There will also be a costume contest to win other fun prizes. Need a bike tune up? There will be free mechanics on hand for that. After the tour we’ll join the festivities on the LSRC lawn for the 2011 Earth Day Celebration.
Co-sponsors: Duke University Greening Initiative (DUGI), Sustainable Duke, Nicholas School Student Council, FOREM
Contact Information: Kathleen Fraser at firstname.lastname@example.org.
To help launch Bike Month in the Triangle, the East Coast Greenway Alliance will host a Durham Greenways Ride at 10am on Saturday, May 7th to celebrate its move to Durham with a 28-mile ride touring the Bull City’s developing greenway system!
The ride will start and end at the Diamond View Park lawn across Blackwell Street from the American Tobacco Campus. Ride leader and Durham resident Dave Connelly will share this followup to our outstanding intercity ride last October. The ride map and cue sheet are available at:
To register for the ride, RSVP to email@example.com and send in a $5 donation to help cover ride costs (payment options available here) or become an East Coast Greenway Alliance 2011 member and enjoy the ride for free.
The ride route is fully paved, so road tires are good. It is 57% greenway, with the safest roads we could find for the rest. There are a few hills in the first 21 miles, and then the last 6.5 miles on the ATT are a kind, flat homestretch. The route takes us north by wonderful Durham landmarks from the bustling Farmer’s Market to the old ballpark to the Museum of Life and Science to the NC School of Science & Math to the new Third Fork Creek Greenway before a visit to the East Coast Greenway Alliance’s new office near the intersection of 54 and the ATT!
We will soon list a number of times and places where folks can join the ride for a shorter distance, such as a potential novice- and child-friendly ride between Solite Park and American Tobacco (4.25 miles one-way).
Check the website here as more details will be posted as the even nears.
With Spring upon us, now is the time to put a fresh coat of mud on that mountain bike. Our favorite trail close by Durham has to be Beaverdam, a great combination of intermediate trails with a good 10 mile loop as advanced as any trail you will find in the triangle area. There is also a nice mile long “drop zone” on the advanced south loop to keep your nerves in check.
Beaver Dam is about a 30 min drive from downtown Durham, totally worth the drive. If you looking for a closer ride, check out Little River Regional Park, about 15 minutes from downtown. This is nice intermediate single track ride with good, tight flow through the trees.
Be sure to check http://www.triangleMTB.com or call the parks to make sure the trails are open. They will close before and after rain.
There is also a NEW pump track at Solite Park, right off the American Tobacco Trial. If you dont know what a pump track is, check it out: Solite Park Pump Track
In April, we challenge you to curb your car and try an alternative form of transportation as part of the Smart Commute Challenge.
By leaving your car at home, you can save money on gas and time searching for a parking spot.
Instead, you can relax while you commute by reading or napping on the bus or in a carpool. Or, fit in your workout by walking or biking to campus.
Accept the Green Devil Challenge by pledging to try an alternative form of transportation and you will be entered for prizes including cash, bikes and iPods.
Make a difference today by taking the Green Devil Challenge: http://sustainability.duke.edu/action/challenge/
Office of the Executive Vice President
Here is the March newsvideo to stay updated on alternative transportation at Duke.
Wondering where you can pick up a sweet durham bicycle tee? Jody Cedzidlo runs Flytrap and specializes in these custom screen printings. You can pick up her work at her new Golden Belt location:
- Labour Love Gallery - 807 East Main Street, Suite 2-130, Durham, NC 27701
- Store hours: 11am to 7pm, Tuesday - Saturday
She has the tees in mens and womens, sizes S -XL for $26. You can check out her other limited edition garments at www.flytrapstudios.com
We just changed the header to welcome the warm weather of spring. And finally, a bike that points to the left.
Great site, everyone! I help lead a very active and enthusiastic group of women cyclists, many of whom live in Durham. Tomorrow morning at 9:45 (2/19) there is a group riding a 20 mile ride together, leaving from Durham Public Library, South Regional – 4505 S. Alston Avenue. If any ladies out there would like to, come on out. It is an intermediate, social ride and should be great fun! You can check out our group on facebook too. Just search for Girls in Gear Sports. Hope to meet some of you soon!