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Free 'Bike Through Winter' Workshop
Will Aim to Keep Bikers Safe All Year

RELEASED: Dec. 5, 2006

student biking through snowEAU CLAIRE — "Bike Through the Winter," a workshop that will offer free tips on safely traveling by bicycle through the winter season, will take place at 6 p.m. Monday, Dec. 11, at the Environmental Adventure Center located beneath Hilltop Center on the upper campus at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.

Jeremy Gragert, an Americorps *VISTA member in the UW-Eau Claire Center for Service-Learning, helped organize the event, along with Kathy Tank, an administrative program specialist in the College of Nursing and Health Sciences, and community member Brad Henderson. The Bicyclist and Pedestrian Times e-newsletter and Anybody's Bike Shop on Water Street are sponsoring the free event aimed at keeping bikers comfortable and safe this winter.

"Biking through the winter is especially important this year while many students are mourning the loss of Kerm's Grocery Store on Water Street and will have to travel much further for food," Gragert said. "Biking substantial distances during the winter months is possible; this workshop will make sure people know how to be safe and keep their bikes in good shape."

The workshop will provide tips on the following:

  • How to dress to stay warm and dry during winter riding
  • How to stay safe in low light and slippery conditions
  • How to maintain your bike through cold, snowy and salty conditions
  • Where to find the best routes to ride in winter

Free parking is available after 4 p.m. in the Murray and McPhee lots on upper campus. Metered parking is available elsewhere on the upper campus.

For more information, contact Gragert at 715-836-5283 or gragerje@uwec.edu.

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