College Hill Corridor Announces Bicycling Week Events, Discounts to Promote Bicycling

March 20, 2008

Josh Rogers
College Hill Corridor Commission
(478) 238-1735


Mercer Media Contact:
Mark Vanderhoek
(478) 301-4037

MACON — The College Hill Corridor Commission and Mercer University Students for Environmental Action will kick off a weeklong celebration of pedal power with a press conference at 4:30 p.m. on March 24 in the Lecture Hall of Willet Science Center on Mercer University's Macon Campus. (Directions available at http://chemistry.mercer.edu/Willetdirections.htm .)

The press conference will officially launch the Bear Bikes program, a free program where Mercer University students, faculty and staff can check out reconditioned bright orange bikes to ride around campus and through downtown.  The conference will also announce a weeklong schedule of public events from March 24-30, including daily bike rides to lunch venues and three evening rides.  Discounts will be given to all bike riders at these events, thanks to our generous downtown partners.

All events are open to the media and the public.

To donate a bike, bike gear, parts, tools or accessories, please email
bearbikes@gmail.com or contact the College Hill Corridor Commission at (478) 238-1735 or send by mail to 1280 Shamrock St., Macon, Ga. 31201.

For more information on this event, please visit our Web site at
http://www.collegehillcorridor.com and check the "Events" section or visit the Bear Bikes group on Facebook.

Bike Week Schedule
Visit
www.collegehillcorridor.com for more information, directions and maps.
 
Monday, March 24, 2008

4:30 p.m. Press Conference
Lecture Hall of Willet Science Center, Mercer University Macon campus

5:30 p.m. Bike Safety Demonstration
Lecture Hall, Willet Science Center, Mercer University Macon campus

6 p.m. Bike Ride to Dinner
Leaving from Willett Science Center, Mercer University Macon campus, going to White Lightning BBQ Co., with 10 percent off for bike riders at White Lightning, 195 Spring Street, Macon, (478) 330-5635

Tuesday, March 25

12 p.m. Bike Ride to Lunch
Leaving from Connell Student Center breezeway, Mercer University Macon campus, going to Market City Café, with 10 percent off for bike riders, Market City Café, 502 Cherry St., Macon, (478) 257-6612

Wednesday, March 26

10 a.m. Bike Safety Demonstration
Lecture Hall, Willet Science Center, Mercer University, Macon

12 p.m. Bike Ride to Lunch
Leaving from Connell Student Center breezeway, Mercer University Macon campus, going to Acapulco, with 10 percent off for bike riders, Acapulco, 523 Cherry St., Macon, (478) 738-0028

5 p.m. Bike Ride to Dinner and a Movie “Breaking Away”
Leaving from Connell Student Center breezeway, Mercer University Macon campus, going to the Cox Capitol Theatre, Dinner at 5:30 p.m., “Breaking Away” beginning at 6:30 p.m. $10 for dinner and a movie for bike riders. Cox Capitol Theatre, 382 Second St., Macon, (478) 257-6391

Thursday, March 27

12 p.m. Bike Ride to Lunch
Leaving from Connell Student Center breezeway, Mercer University Macon campus, going to The Rookery, with 10 percent off for bike riders, Rookery, 543 Cherry St., Macon (478) 746-8658

Friday, March 28

12 p.m. Bike Ride to Lunch
Leaving from Connell Student Center breezeway, Mercer University Macon campus, going to Off Broadway Deli, with 10 percent off for bike riders, Off Broadway Deli, 587 Cherry St., Macon, (478) 750-0551

5 p.m. Critical Mass Bike Ride, Central City Park
Critical Mass is a new initiative to bring members of the public together for a casual bike ride.  These rides will occur the last Friday of the month at 5:30 p.m. leaving from Central City Park.  March 28 is the inaugural event and the group has arranged for entertainment.  The rides will always be slow and flat, making them accessible to almost every bike rider.

About the College Hill Corridor Commission:
The College Hill Corridor Commission is diverse commission co-created by the City of Macon and Mercer University to create a pedestrian and bike-friendly path between Mercer University and downtown.  Along the way, the Commission intends to add economic value to the city's tax base, beautify residential and commercial areas, attract and retain creative young professionals and program fun public events. For more information, visit
www.collegehillcorridor.com .

About Mercer University:
Founded in 1833, Mercer University is a dynamic and comprehensive center of undergraduate, graduate and professional education. The University has 7,300 students; 11 schools and colleges – liberal arts, law, pharmacy, medicine, business, engineering, education, theology, music, nursing and continuing and professional studies; major campuses in Macon, Atlanta and Savannah; three regional academic centers across the state; a university press; two teaching hospitals — Memorial Health University Medical Center and the Medical Center of Central Georgia; educational partnerships with Warner Robins Air Logistics Center in Warner Robins and Piedmont Healthcare in Atlanta; an engineering research center in Warner Robins; a performing arts center in Macon; and a NCAA Division I athletic program. For more information, visit
www.mercer.edu .
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