District 7 Highlight
submitted by Patti Cullen, District 7 Director
Bike-to-Work Day is an annual event held on the third Friday of May across the United States and Canada that promotes the bicycle as an option for commuting to work. Leading up to Bike-to-Work Day, national, regional, and local bicycle advocacy groups encourage people to try bicycle commuting as a healthy and safe alternative to driving by providing route information and tips for new bicycle commuters. On Bike-to-Work Day these groups often organize bicycle-related events, and in some areas, pit stops along bicycle routes with snacks.
Bike-to-Work Day was originated by the League of American Bicyclists in 1956 and is a part of Bike-to-Work Week, which is in turn part of National Bike Month.
This year, join the River Valley Regional Commission and the City of Columbus in celebrating its second annual Bike to Work Day event to take place on May 21st, 2010. Our partners for this event include Midtown Inc., Uptown Columbus Inc / BID., Columbus State University, AFLAC, T|SYS, The Chattahoochee Valley Library System, METRA Transit, The City of Columbus Police Department Bicycle Unit, Safe Kids, The Columbus Clean Air Campaign, WTVM Channel 9 and Don’s Dog House. It is through these organizations that we are able to encourage employers to motivate their employees to make the shift from their vehicles to their bicycles and try a healthy, inexpensive, and environmentally friendly method of transportation.