RU Connecting the DOTS?
by: Dominique Ellison
As a way to expose students to healthier lifestyles, Rutgers Student Life has partnered with Rutgers University Department of Transportation Services (RUDOTS) to bring a month-long series of transportation events to the New Brunswick campus.
April is “Connecting the DOTS” month at Rutgers. Throughout the month, RUDOTS and Rutgers Student Life are trying to get feedback from students about their transportation experiences on campus. How students are getting around and what can the Department of Transportation Services can do to make the routes more accessible for students are some of their top priorities. They also want to show students that Rutgers is, in fact, a bicycle friendly campus said volunteers from the Department of Transportation Services. In doing so, they created the BikeRU initiative in efforts to educate students about the different transportation options available to them.
Connecting the DOTS also included a weeklong lineup of bicycling events staring on April 7 and ending on April 11. In order to spread the word, Rutgers Student Life and RUDOTS set up tables at the various student centers on the New Brunswick campus to educate and inform students and staff about the events. The “Pop-Up DOTS” stations, as they call them, featured bicycle rentals, road maps of bike routes on campus, and free giveaways for students.
Senior Transportation Planner Dorothy Le said that RUDOTS wanted to promote biking as a way to get around but there hasn’t been a capacity for it until now. However, Rutgers very own students seem to have been ahead of their time Le said.
“Students organized a bicycle resource fair a couple years ago and that’s actually still a part of BikeRU week,” Le stated. “That’s what the students said that they wanted to focus on and we expanded on that.”
BikeRU week kicked off with “Where’s BikeRU?” where RUDOTS staff will be biking around the campuses giving out free goody bags and air to bicyclers while tweeting out their location via their twitter account @JustBikeRU. The week continued with “Bike the B-Route”, a Bicycle Resource Fair, a Bike-In Movie Screening of Space Jam, and then finally a volunteer clean-up day. To find out more information about RUDOTS and Connecting the DOTS go to www.RUDOTS.rutgers.edu/ConnectingTheDOTS.