50 miles in celebration of 50 years

By Anna Pleskunas

On Saturday, October 5th as part of the on going celebration of Pitzer’s 50th anniversary, a group biked from campus to Seal beach. The Campus to Coast bike ride was approximately 50 miles long and took about 6 hours to complete. “The first 15 miles or so was kind of hard because there were a lot of stop signs and traffic signals” said Taylor Caldwell, a participant on the trip, “But then when we got to the bike trail, the San Gabriel bike trail, it was just a straight shot”.  While there were no official leaders guiding the group of cyclists, there were student mechanics on hand in case any repairs needed to be done en route.

While thankfully there were no serious injuries during the ride, the event was not without incident. Students were issued tickets after the large group of cyclists simultaneously ran a stop sign. While no court dates have been set at this time, students do plan to contest the tickets.

This school year is packed with planned events to celebrate Pitzer’s 50th year, many are aimed to highlight our community’s unique core objectives, mission and history. Bike culture on campus is prominent and organizations like the Green Bike Program help facilitate the popularity of cycling. “Biking in general is a big part of Pitzer’s core value of sustainability, and biking places instead of driving, if you can”, Caldwell told the Peel. The popular Orientation Adventure program also offers an overnight bike trip, pedal to the pacific. This years Campus to Coast bike ride was successful and interest has been expressed to President Trombley about making the bike ride an annual event.

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