The Three College Department of Public Safety is holding a three-day bicycle safety program at Hampshire, Mount Holyoke, and Smith Colleges April 19-21.
The program starts Tuesday, April 19, 1-4 p.m. on Chapin Lawn at Smith College.
On Wednesday, April 20 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., public safety will be on the library lawn at Hampshire College.
On Thursday, April 21 from 1 to 4 p.m., public safety will be on Skinner Green at Mount Holyoke College.
“We’ve noticed bike safety is an issue because a lot of students ride bikes all over campus and off campus,” says Officer Earl Brown. “So we wanted to come up with a fun and educational way to help them be more aware of bicycle safety.”
Brown, the outreach coordinator for public safety, is one of the people organizing the Three College event. In collaboration with Hampshire’s Outdoors Program/Recreational Athletics (OPRA), the UMass Five College Credit Union, and Smith College’s Bike Kitchen, public safety will hold the bike safety events at each campus.
At each event, officers will give students information on riding safely, bike maintenance, and other tips. Student emergency medical technicians from each of the three campuses and bike patrol officers will be available to answer questions. There will be raffles and prizes, such as helmets, reflectors, bike locks, and small medkits. The Five College Credit Union is raffling off the grand prize: a new bike.
“We’re trying to find ways to do more outreach activities in the communities we serve,” says Brown. “This event is about both safety and general maintenance, so there will be people on hand who can give tips on general maintenance and who can help students if they’re having small mechanical problems with their bikes.”