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Health / Safety

Grant to CSU helps faculty, staff bike to work

June 24, 2014

Faculty and staff 50 years and older can get help to get Back on the Bike.

man riding bike to workColorado State University has been awarded with the Kaiser Permanente Walk and Wheel grant for $19,843, creating a program to help faculty and staff become more comfortable riding a bike to work. The program, Back on the Bike, is now seeking participants.

The grant, geared toward engaging the Fort Collins community in active transportation and physical activity, will help CSU employees who want to bike to work assess their health, tune up their bike, get safety gear, and learn tricks to travel in traffic and overcome other safety or comfort obstacles through personalized travel training. To qualify, faculty and staff must be at least 50 years old, live within a Fort Collins zip code, and want to commute by bicycle.
 

Training helps with health, safety concerns

Back on the Bike will offer two annual faculty and staff travel training programs including:

  • A survey of all eligible employees
  • Health assessments administered by the Recreation Center
  • Free bicycle tune up and safety gear
  • Hands on travel training and bicycle skills development
  • Monthly training and discussion group developed by The Institute for Learning and Teaching
  • Online participation tracking system
  • The opportunity to recruit other eligible employees


“CSU is in one of the nation’s friendliest biking cities, but it can be intimidating to commute to work when the ride includes traveling in traffic, navigating trails and planning your day around the commute,” said Aaron Fodge, alternative transportation manager for CSU, housed in Parking and Transportation Services.

In addition to promoting healthy lifestyles for our 50 and older faculty and staff, the Walk and Wheel grant will provide resources for employees to more efficiently commute to CSU, and it also will develop a bike ambassador program on campus to support people who want to commute to CSU on bikes.

“Many faculty and staff members may be tempted to try commuting to work during the summer, but don’t want to get stuck on campus during an afternoon rainstorm, or just simply haven’t hopped on a bike for a while. This grant is designed to provide them with everything they need to be able to get on their bikes this summer and enjoy all that campus and Fort Collins have to offer for those on two wheels,” Fodge said.
 

Colorado State one of nine communities awarded grant

This competitive grant was awarded to nine Colorado communities to create healthy solutions to alternative transportation. Across the state, the Walk and Wheel grant will allow various cities the opportunity to introduce encouragement and resources to get residents out of their cars and onto a bicycle.
 
To participate in the Get Back on the Bike program, contact Aaron Fodge at 970-491-2823 or aaron.fodge@colostate.edu.