The raffle winner of a helmet at the annual Longwood Bike Fair did not have a bike to use it with but says her new helmet provided the extra push she needed to buy the bicycle she’d been thinking about. It’s exactly what organizers of the Fair, held on Tuesday September 25, hoped they’d hear.
Now in its second year, the Longwood Bike Fair was expanded this year thanks to the involvement of all three Schools at Longwood who partnered with many outside organizations to make the day a success -- over 300 people attended.
The new Harvard Longwood Bicyclists club signed up 200 new members and raffled off helmets and gift certificates to local bike shops while mechanics from Quad Bikes and the Boston Cyclists Union provided free safety tune-ups. HMS Commuter Services and Parking gave away reflectors and leg bands while MASCO Commute Works encouraged attendees to register for the Commute Fit Program and the Emergency Ride Home Program. Harvard University Police Department and HMS Security were on hand to register bikes.
The following departments also contributed to the success of the event: HSPH Nutrition Department, HMS Operations, Harvard University Employees Credit Union, HSPH Operations, HSDM, MASCO, and the Office for Sustainability.
In addition, the following external organizations were involved: Boston Bikes, MassBike, American Cancer Society, REI,
This year, a poster design competition was held to promote the event. Lina Juozelskis from the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Environmental Health & Safety Department won first place and second place went to Borany Wicks. To view their posters visit: www.green.harvard.edu/bikes