Thanks to great planning by the Helping Hands and great marketing by various members of the D3 LAb, the campus was filled Wednesday afternoon as Nightingale students welcomed local members of the biking community during Psyched to Bike. The campus bike zone, inspired by a group of former students, was transformed into part bike shop, part information center, and part polo court in an effort to raise awareness about biking opportunities for students.
Nightingale students connected with local bike activists through the following activities:
- Biking in L.A. with Alek from Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition-Cyclists mapped out bike routes in East LA and learned about upcoming cycling events in the city.
- Bike Anatomy with Paul from the Bike Oven-Nighthawks reviewed bike parts and were given tools and guidance in repairing their own bikes on the spot.
- Bike Polo with members of the L.A. Bike Polo Organization-Students got a quick overview of the game then played with members of local teams Pizzapocalypse and NELA (North East L.A.) Bike Polo.
Activities culminated with the raffling off of a free bike built at the Bike Oven. In turn, students showed gratitude by presenting the collective with bicycle paintings.
The number of students riding their bikes to school has increased in the past month as Nightingale got Psyched to Bike, and many are now planning on trying new routes in the neighborhood and attending CycLAvia. Others have talked about the possibility of starting a bike polo club here at Nightingale!