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Columbus State is a charter member of 2 by 2012, a project aimed at getting Columbus residents to take two bike trips per month. President Harrison, flanked by two dozen cyclists, signed the commitment at a ceremony Jan. 6. (transcript follows video)
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Columbus State is helping lead the pack in a new city-wide effort to promote bicycling. On a blustery January day about a half-dozen staff and students joined a group of bicyclists arriving for the promotion’s launch.
The plan was unveiled inside the Grange Insurance Audubon Center. It’s called 2 by 2012 – an ambitious concept to encourage central Ohioans to bike two days a month by 2012. Not leisure biking – but biking to work or on errands.
Along with Mayor Michael Coleman and other area business leaders, Columbus State President David Harrison was among the first to formally sign to have the college support the plan.
Dr. David Harrison, CSCC President: When you consider thousands of students, faculty and staff come to our campus every day, if just a few of them take a day or two a month to ride their bike, that’s going to make a big, cumulative impact over time.
Avid cyclists such as Rich James already surpass the 2 by 2012 goal. The coordinator in HR bikes to work from his home in Clintonville nearly every work day.
Rich James, CSCC HR Coordinator: There’s a lot of research that shows the importance of exercising and being active and how that contributes to learning and being productive. So it’s just another way of encouraging our students and employees to be highly productive and successful.
The 2 by 2012 kickoff was just the start. At least 60 business and employers have signed on so far. And Columbus State isn’t stopping with 2 by 2012. Watch for educational opportunities and a biking webpage in coming months that will support the many biking options downtown and around campus.