As part of Earth Month activities this April, GCC celebrates Bike Week, April 15-19.
Many Gaucho’s regularly commute to campus on bicycles. Judy Fleming, Supervisor of Library Access Services, rides 32 miles roundtrip three times a week, a commute she describes as, “70 relaxing minutes to get here (40 stressful minutes if I drive).”
A resident of Surprise, Judy is able to travel to GCC on sidewalks and bike paths. “My challenge was finding a sidewalk across the Agua Fria river. There is only ONE, at Grand and Thunderbird. Now that I can get out of the West Valley I’ve discovered I can get about anywhere.”
And go anywhere is exactly what she does. “I ride recreationally on the weekends too…120-150 miles a week. It is fun, relaxing, builds strength and endurance, burns calories. It is chock full of benefits, both personally and for the environment.”
Dr. Robert Reavis, GCC Biology faculty member, says his one-mile bike commute to GCC really wakes him up each morning, and takes about as long as a car ride. “I moved close to campus the same year I was hired. I used to walk or ride about twice a week. After living in Japan last year-without a car-I really got used to greeting people and seeing the flowers and trees as part of my daily travels. Now, I bike to campus four times a week.”
Commuting to work or school on a bicycle reduces auto emissions, GCC largest source of pollution. During Bike Week all employees and students who bike to campus can receive a Commuter Club card for discounts on food, drinks and local services. Contact Nanette Espinocilla firstname.lastname@example.org.