Gear Up for Spring During UMD Bike Week: April 5 to April 10

Faculty and Staff
Sustainable Transportation

Get on your bikes and ride!

The University of Maryland Department of Transportation Services (DOTS) and University Recreation and Wellness (RecWell) have partnered to host six days of cycling fun during the annual UMD Bike Week, April 5 to April 10. Activities include physically distanced group bike rides, virtual cycling trivia, a group scoot, the bike-friendly driver course and the return of the beloved unicorn bike.

“As warmer weather arrives, we invite the campus community to break up the Zoom gloom and join us for our annual Bike Week celebration! The week is jam-packed with opportunities to dust off your bike, pick up diy maintenance & safety tips, and explore new riding paths in the area,” says Marta Woldu, who oversees the BikeUMD program at the university.

Bike Week is an annual event that highlights cycling programs on and around campus, builds community among university cyclists, and encourages biking as a means for commuting sustainably.

Bike Week 2021 Events

Return of the Unicorn Bike
Monday, April 5 | 11 a.m. | Virtual

Tune into DOTS Instagram Live to see the unicorn bike return to its natural habitat. After hibernating for the past year, it will be joined by its cousin, the unicorn e-scooter, in the Veo mobility share. If you spot these elusive and majestic creatures during the month of April, take a picture, post it on social media and tag us to be entered to win a prize!

Bike Week Trivia
All Week | Virtual
Whether you’re on campus or joining us from far away, pop by our Instagram and test your cycling knowledge! We’ll be posting new trivia questions to our Stories every day this week. Anyone who answers correctly will be entered into a raffle at the end of the week.

Maryland 100 Biking Challenge
Thursday, April 1 to Thursday April 30 | Wherever you are!

Registration required | Free
Join BikeUMD and RecWell in this semester's Maryland 100 Biking Challenge from April 1 - April 30. Wherever you are, register online, choose your distance, and get to riding! Strava account required, no smartphone or experience required.

Group Ride to College Park Woods Connector
Tuesday, April 6 | 11 a.m. | In Person

Registration Required | Free
Explore this new trail that extends across the University of Maryland land between the College Park Woods neighborhood and the Paint Branch Trail. The College Park Woods Connector creates a car-free bicycling and walking alternative to busy Metzerott Road.

Whose Lane Is It? Becoming a Bicycle-Friendly Driver
Wednesday, April 7 | 11 a.m. | Virtual
Registration Required | Free
We’re empowering motorists with the tools and know-how to confidently share the road with bicyclists and e-scooters. Learn how to better see and navigate around cyclists, confidently share the road and avoid the most common crashes while you’re behind the wheel.

Group Scoot
Wednesday, April 7 | 2 p.m. | In Person
Registration Required | Free
Tour the campus and surrounding area on our first-ever group scoot. With questions answered, safety skills discussed and road rules reviewed, we’ll have fun riding the newest form of personal transportation on campus. Veo e-scooters will be available for free for this event. Privately owned e-scooters welcomed, total riders limited to 15.

Bike Care Basics
Thursday, April 8 | 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. | In Person
Registration Required | Cost: $5
Do you have a bike you’re not sure how to take care of? Join us for bike care basics! This one-hour clinic will walk you through some of the easiest, most important things you can do to keep your bike running well and minimize the downtime you have to endure for your bike! Bring your bike, or we can lend you one to practice. Participants receive a coupon for 20% off a bike shop retail item.

BikeYo to Lake Artemesia
Friday, April 9 | 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. | In Person
Registration Required | Cost: $10
Join us for a relaxing evening adventure to Lake Artemesia. We will take a leisurely bike ride on Paint Branch Trail from campus to Lake Artemesia. Once at the lake, we will unwind and get centered with some yoga. A RecWell yoga instructor will guide us through a beginner friendly yoga session that provides an introduction to basic yoga poses, movement, and breathing techniques. No previous experience is necessary; bike/helmet rentals are included.

Mountain Bike the NW Branch Trail to Silver Spring
Saturday, April 10 | In Person
Registration Required | Cost: $12
Mountain biking is exhilarating and fun - come give it a try with the Adventure Program! This trip is designed to give new riders the required knowledge and skills to explore non-paved trails. We will begin by biking along a paved section of Northwest Branch Trail before we tackle some dirt trails through the forest. Enjoy the views of the stream as you learn to tackle rock gardens on your bike. No previous experience is required; bike and helmet rentals included.