May means two things to me: National Bike Month and final exams. This year, National Bike to Work Week fell on the same week that finals began at CUNY. I took this opportunity to set up a bike/bikeCUNY table on my campus (City Tech) during club hours: Thursday, May 17, between 12:45 and 2:15 PM.
I couldn’t man the table (I was teaching a class from 1 to 2:30 PM) so I just put up a “Take one (of each)!” sign and let the masses have at it. The photo you see here was taken about 30 minutes after I initially brought the table outside the library doors. As you can see, it looked pretty empty even then! (There was a heap of buttons in front of the “take one” sign. In the photo, only two are visible. Everyone loves a button!)
This is what I had available for students to take away:
- 20 NYC cycling maps (courtesy of Transportation Alternatives)
- 20 Biking Rules handbooks (courtesy of Transportation Alternatives)
- 20 bikeCUNY buttons (made possible by the City Tech Library button press)
- 10 red taillights (courtesy of Flanzig & Flanzig)
- 20 reflective neon stickers (courtesy of Flanzig & Flanzig)
- 10 info cards about the NYC Bike Crash app (courtesy of Flanzig & Flanzig)
- 10 leaflets about safe cycling in NYC (courtesy of Flanzig & Flanzig)
- 20 flyers for tonight’s event at Red Lantern Bikes (designed by the talented Sara Greene)
- Information for entering a contest to win a bikeCUNY t-shirt
All that was left when I brought the table in at 5 PM was one lonely map. So while I’m sorry I couldn’t be present to give the things away and spread the bike love, I’m very glad that students were interested and felt free to grab up the bike-related goodies.
I was hoping I’d have some buttons left for tonight’s event but no such luck. If I have time, I’ll press more buttons this afternoon to give away to those who attend the Social Hour!