Bike to Work Day coming up

D'Angelo Jackson,

Bike To Work Day is a cyclist-centered event held every year with the attempt to unite local communities through bicycling. This year, the 24th annual Bike to Work Day is Thursday, May 10. According to the BTWD mission statement, they’re aiming to increase bicycling as a main source of transportation to 10 percent by 2025.

This year LMC student Lucas Stuart-Chilcote will be working at and managing an “energizer station” just outside of campus for cyclists. The location will be at the corner of Mustang Drive and E. Leland Drive (near the western exit of LMC near the E. Leland Drive bus stop.)

Stuart-Chilcote has been involved with Bike To Work Day since he was a freshman back in high school at Dozier-Libbey Medical High School. He will also be providing a separate vendor for his charity, the Aids/LifeCycle that aims to raise money for AIDS awareness and medical research.

“This is a monumental experience that will occur for me personally in my biking career/hobby, because I have never worked at or staffed one before but rather participated as a patron cycling by,” said Stuart-Chilcote.

He has also said that he wasn’t able to do this without the support of his close friend Reiko Kubota, who he has described as someone who has had his back since he signed up for AIDS/LifeCycle and with BTWD.

“I don’t know what I could do without her and her dedication to my ideas and passion,” said Stuart-Chilcote.

The station will open at 7:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. for the sole purpose of aiding cyclists at the table with snacks like protein bars, fruit and refreshments, as well as providing merchandise for this event. This event is biker focused so those approaching the stand without a bicycle will not receive the same services of those who do.