UTB Students Look at Biking as Transportation Alternative

POSTED: Friday, March 9, 2012 - 12:43pm

UPDATED: Monday, March 12, 2012 - 6:37am

The City of Brownsville is trying to motivate people to leave their cars in the garage and pull out their bikes as an alternative means of transportation.

News Center 23's Na'Tassia Finley has more on an event that targeted college students.

"It's active transportation if you will," says Brownsville City Commissioner Dr. Rose Gowen.

Friday morning several dozen UTB students gathered to check out what biking in Brownsville has to offer.

"I'm new to this program this is my first time and I hope I have fun," said student Jesus Virgil Pena

“To ride for fun,” said student Ashley Silva.
”We're also here to promote overall health and bike safety," added student Rosie Martinez.

Friday's bike ride tour really served several purposes.

"This initiative is just really fantastic for us; it's a really good initiative to get kids active and on bicycles,” said UTB Associate Professor from the Dept. of Health and Human Performance, Dr. Susan Hart.

The city of Brownsville along with several other groups have really been pushing to better Brownsville on many levels. Friday's event focused on fun, health, and going green.

"The tour is showing them some of the connection between the current bike and hike trail and the university and the I-Tech area so they can see how they might even consider commuting to school on a bicycle as opposed to way of car," says Dr. Gowen.

Several of the students out Friday are open to the idea of at least alternating between their car and bicycle.

“I’m looking to transition because of the gas prices I think it would be pretty much essential to have a bike than to just be in the car all the time," said student Edgar Covarrubias.

Friday's ride was about six miles long. The students who toured will work to promote biking on the UTB campus.

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