Riding a bicycle given to him by his mother years ago, SDSU President Stephen L. Weber joined dozens of students as they rode down the new bike/skate lane on campus.
The group biked Campanile Walkway, ultimately breaking through the ribbon set up at the dismount point at the north end of the lane, near Hepner Hall. Remarks followed, all conveying a sense of accomplishment and excitement for the newest sustainable feature on campus.
Education outside the classroom
“Not all education takes place in the classroom,” Weber said, commending SDSU’s Enviro-business Society (e3) and Associated Students for their vision and leadership in turning the bike/skate lane into a reality.
Bob Shulz, university architect and associate vice president of operations, commented on the three-year process to open the bike/skate lane on campus.
“Even when things are harder and more challenging than anywhere else, we don’t let that stop us,” he said.
Bike fair and more
Other speakers included AS President Grant Mack and AS Sustainability Commissioner Tara Kelly. Mack thanked all those involved in making the bike/skate lane a reality, from student advocates to Physical Plant employees who provided signage and marked the lanes.
Mack and event emcee Kelly joined an estimated crowd of 100 students, faculty and staff in celebrating and using the new bike lane. Visitors also stopped by the bike fair, which featured several local biking-related businesses and organizations, including Ye Olde Bicycle Shoppe, Zumwalt's Bicycle Center and the San Diego Bicycle Coalition.
AS GreenLove hosted an opportunity drawing to give away two bicycles and two skateboards donated by local businesses. SDSU Police was also on hand to help students register their bikes and give away free bike locks.
Long time coming
The ceremony came after a three-year effort to install the bike lane, which began in 2008 with e3’s presentation to AS of a resolution to install campus-wide bike lanes.
After a one-year trial period, a more extensive permanent inner-campus route of several lanes will be considered in the spring/summer of 2011.