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How big a truck is needed to change a lightbulb?

I was coming into campus via 3rd street and passed an electrician changing a lightbulb in one of the street lamps by the road.

He was changing a light just like this.

I’m glad that UC Davis still has some money to pay for these kinds of amenities in the budget crisis, but beside the electrician was a giant truck with a huge robotic ladder. The first question that came to my mind was “How big of a truck do you need to change a lightbulb?”. Apparently this big: Continue reading ‘How big a truck is needed to change a lightbulb?’

Commuting to campus: bikes and more

Published in the Davis Enterprise, Friday, Feb. 12, 2010

By Kristin Lovejoy

Kristin Lovejoy, a UC Davis graduate student who administered the Campus Travel Survey for the past two years, shows off a crowded bicycle rack in front of Wickson Hall on Wednesday afternoon. Lovejoy’s typical commute to campus is a bike-train-bike combination. Photo credit: Wayne Tilcock, Davis Enterprise

The identity of Davis as a bike town — and indeed the experience of biking here — is inseparable from UC Davis as a bike-oriented university. The bike movement in Davis started with university leadership back in the 1950s, and today students and employees at the university clearly make up most of the cyclists about town.

But as a bike university, how is UC Davis doing?

Answering this question is one of the motivations behind an annual survey conducted by the university each fall. Continue reading ‘Commuting to campus: bikes and more’