UWEC [AND] Biking


Hey Blugolds! With this warm spring weather upon us it’s a great time for refresher course on biking on campus!

Here are some Rules and Regulations for bikes on campus:

  • Bicycles may only park in designated areas located around campus. To prevent theft, please lock your bicycle.
  • Permits are not required.
  • Parking in non-designated areas (railings, sign posts, buildings, trees, etc.) will result in a $5 ticket and a Parking Office lock on the bicycle.
  • Bicycles left locked for seven days will be impounded.

Locks will only be released by Parking personnel (SSS 106) during regular office hours of 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p. m. Monday thru Friday.

 Biking Safety           


Announce when passing

  • Use a bell, horn or voice to indicate your intention to pass
  • Warn other well in advance so you do not startle them

Yield when entering and crossing

  • Yield to traffic at places where the trail crosses the road
  • Yield to other users at intersections

Keep Right

  • Stay as close to the right as possible, except when passing

Pass on Left

  • Pull out only when you are sure the lane is clear
  • Allow plenty of room, about two bike lengths, before moving back to the right

Be Predictable

  • Travel in a straight line unless you are avoiding hazards or passing
  • Indicate your intention to turn or pass

Did you know…

In 2013, UW-Eau Claire was recognized with a bronze award through the League of American Bicyclists’ Bicycle Friendly University program.Through this program, UW-Eau Claire is dedicated to building upon our biking infrastructure and improving our standing as a bicycle friendly university. To find out more aboutAmerican Bicyclists’ Bicycle Friendly University program, go to their program page  at: medalhttp://www.bikeleague.org/content/bicycle-friendly-america

Here are some of the benefits to having a BICYCLE FRIENDLY CAMPUS:

  • Improve campus connectivity
  • Reduce carbon footprint and congestion
  • Lower health care and parking costs
  • Happier and healthier students and staff
  • Enhance campus quality of life

Fun Fact:

Wisconsin is ranked #9 as being a bicycle friendly state! Minnesota is ranked #2!


 Keep pedaling your way through the rest of the semester!

 Stay Safe Blugolds!



5 Tips for Fun and Safe Spring Break

Spring Break-With great freedom, Comes Great Responsibility

5 Tips for Fun and Safe Spring Break




Whether you are making a road trip of it, or flying, here are some ways to make sure it is an enjoyable trip. First off, make sure everyone has a valid driver’s license with them and the vehicle registration and proof of insurance for the car you are taking. Also make sure to have a roadmap, yes it’s old school, but what if your phone battery dies and you can no longer use the GPS.  Also, it is crucial to rotate who is behind the wheel. By rotating drivers you are not only insuring your safety, but also the safety of everyone in the vehicle. Also, whoever sits shotgun is not only in charge of the music but should also remain alert and awake to keep the driver company.  –With the best seat comes great responsibility!



2.)   HOTELS

As college students we are used to living on our own, here are some suggestions to make your stay more pleasurable. When making a reservation ask for a room above the 1st floor but below the 6th floor. First floor rooms have a lot of foot traffic and are easier to break into. Rooms above the 6th floor are sometimes too high for fire ladders to reach. Almost all hotels offer safes. Use them! Place valuables and extra cash in case of emergency; but try to avoid bringing anything too valuable all together. Only allow people you trust into your room and keep the doors locked at all times.




Before you go out decide your limits and plan the night. How much will you drink? Do I want to have sex tonight?- Do I have protection? How will I get home?- have money for a cab or an Uber. While out, always keep an eye on your drink, don’t trust anyone you just met to watch it. If you go the bathroom, take your drink with you! Date rape drugs can be put into any drink, including non-alcoholic drinks. It is also important to remember that while drugs being slipped into drinks is something you should be aware of, alcohol itself is the most common date rape drug. In a 2007 study by the National Institute of Health, it was reported that 89% of female undergrad sexual assault survivors reported drinking before their assault. No survivor is to blame for their assault, but the links between alcohol and victimization are staggering and cannot be ignored. Eat before you go out drinking and also know what you are drinking so you know how it will affect you; some types of alcohol have stronger and faster effects, i.e., one beer is not going to have the same impact as one Long Island Tea. A standard drink in terms of consumption is 12 ounces of beer, but only 5 ounces of wine, or 1.5 ounces of 80 proof liquor. As always, with drinking comes great responsibility. *If you are under 21 the only legal option is not to drink.


Remember there are a ton of activities that you can do that do not require drinking! Research local attractions! Parasailing? Learning to surf? Or even a fun game a beach volleyball! Activities like these you will remember for a lifetime and don’t come with a nasty hangover!





If you are lucky enough to be laying on the beach this spring break, keep these tips in mind. Being exposed to the sun while drinking can equal a bad sunburn and an even worse hangover. Take it slow and stay hydrated by drinking lots of water. Alternate alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages for the best experience.  Always apply sunscreen, even when it is cloudy! SPF 30+ is recommend and remember to re-apply often!  Never swim alone! Even the most experienced swimmers can’t handle a strong undercurrent. Drinking and hot tubs do not mix; Alcohol can dilate blood vessels and lower blood pressure to dangerous levels. The effects of alcohol are felt sooner and stronger in a hot tub. It can lead to unconsciousness and drowning.



5.)   SEX

Just because in the movies everyone is hooking-up does not mean YOU need to in order to have a “successful” spring break. If you do choose to have a fling, keep some things in mind before heading out:

1.)   CONSENT- Consent is a clear YES. Not the absence of a no.

-Silence NEVER equals consent. No matter what a person verbalizes, consent can never be given when a person is severely intoxicated or impaired or at any point in the encounter after the person has said NO.

2.) Make sure it is protected.

–Anyone who plans on engaging in sex should have protection, being on birth control may avoid accidental pregnancies, but condoms are the best way to prevent against sexually transmitted infections. Always carry two in case one breaks.

Have a happy and safe spring break!

And Remember Blugolds-  With Great Freedom, Comes Great Responsibility!





Things that Fit in Condoms

We hear a lot of talk in the SWAT office about reasons why someone may choose not to wear a condoms. One of the biggest reasons we hear is that “it’s too big.” Well, we decided to do a little Myth Busting. If these things can fit into condoms, a penis sure can too.


10 Sticks of Chapstick


A Huge Bottle of Hand Sanitizer


A T-Shirt


A Camelback Water Bottle (The Big Size)


Two Hands


Our Office Phone



Obviously, if these sorts of things can fit in a condom without ripping, size should not be an issue. When condoms vary in size, it’s usually in the circumference in the rim. Excuses aside, condoms (female or male), dental dams, and abstinence are the only ways to prevent against STI’s. According to the CDC, as many as ONE IN TWO sexually active individuals under the age of 25 will have an STI, and most won’t even know it. Even if you and your partner are not concerned about pregnancy for whatever reason (You use another form of contraception, you’re in a same-sex partnership, etc.), if you don’t know the status of you and the person(s) you are having sex with you should be using some form of barrier every single time. 

Another important thing you may have noticed, if we have enough condoms in our office to put our feet and phones in them, we’ve got plenty to keep you safe! Stop by Schofield 26, have us host an event in your dorm, or keep checking on our Facebook to find out when you can get some for free! Stay safe, Blugolds!!