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Take 5: Pedal power

Do you ride a bike around campus? Here are five things you should know about Northeastern’s bicycle resources and opportunities:

  1. Bike racks installed throughout campus provide space for more than 600 bicycles.
  2. Earlier this year, a bike repair station was installed at West Village A. Purchased by the Student Government Association’s Renewable Energy Initiatives Board, the station allows for everyday fix-its on low tires, loose chains, and other meddlesome problems.
  3. Student organizations are putting their feet to the pedal. For instance, the NU Cycling Club welcomes cyclists of all abilities, and activities range from racing competitions to discussions of the Boston’s bicycling scene. Northeastern’s chapter of the American Society for Civil Engineers has also run a program to teach youth how to ride bikes.
  4. Bicycling also factors into research on campus. Students in civil engineering classes taught by professors Peter Furth and Dan Dulaski, for example, design bike paths and bike lanes for various cities and towns—some of which have been implemented. news@Northeastern has also reported on Furth’s research on bike-related traffic safety in San Jose, Calif.
  5. Northeastern’s Public Safety Division offers a bike registration program. A lifetime registration (which is transferable) costs $5, and public safety officials say the program is extremely helpful in cases of a lost or stolen bike, or if the owner loses keys to a bike lock. More information can be found here.

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