Much going on here, there and everywhere, Bloggy, but a fuller report of Bike to Work Day is in order:
Bicyclists gather here and there
Between 20-25 people showed up at Fridays's "Bike 2 Work Day" lunch at the Carbondale Civic Center. Not bad, considering the event didn't receive much publicity beyond this blog, the Carbondale Times
and radio stations WJPF and WIDB. In addition, about 25 flyers were also distributed around town and campus, and the Carbondale Bicycle Club
notified its members. Only about ten of those in attendance actually rode bicycles to work, and a few rode to The Civ for lunch. This was a better showing than Valparaiso
, Indiana, which had bad weather to blame for its poor Bike to Work Day participation.
Many other cities throughout America are hosting Bike to Work activities this month, including two that are spreading its events over several days. The city of Flagstaff is spreading its events over the entire week, the Arizona Daily Sun reports
: "Bike to Work Week events include: a morning ride with community leaders. . . . Free coffee, bagels and pastries. 'Bike Films at the Orpheum,' including 'Red Light Go' and 'Peewee's Big Adventure.' And on Bike to Work Day, workplaces all over Flagstaff competed to have the most number of employees who ride their bike to work.
The City of Flagstaff is going even further . . . sponsoring "Bike to School Day," on Thursday, where parents are encouraged to bike their children to school. That night, a one-hour casual bike ride will be followed by more bike films with 'Triplets of Belleville.' And if that isn't enough, Friday is "Bike for Your Errands Day," and shops and restaurants providing discounts to those who bicycle. It's all outlined at Flagstaff Biking Org
Those are some good ideas, especially the part about having a competition for the most employees to ride to work.
Springfield, Missouri has some pretty progressive ideas, too. According to the Springfield News-Leader
, a whole week will be devoted to it, beginning Monday,and businesses competing for the Bike-to-Work Week traveling trophy, awarded for either the highest number of employees participating or the most commuting days. Springfield City Utilities will give free bus rides to anyone traveling on a bike during the week. (All city buses are equipped with bike racks.)The Springfield Family Y will provide showers and towels to participants during the week. It's sponsored by Ozark Greenways
which even offers to help riders plan their routes.
Other cities had other approaches last week, such as, Arcata, California, where around 20 bicyclists showed up at the Arcata Plaza for the first city-sponsored Bike to Work Day. The phrase of the day, 'One less car,' was sported on T-shirts worn by Arcata Mayor Bob Ornelas and a handful of others, reports, Times-Standard Online
. As bicyclists gathered on the plaza for a raffle and a ride, other commuters on bikes rode past. In Eureka on Thursday, about 40 bicyclists turned out for a Bike to Work Day rally in Old Town. Prizes were awarded for the longest commute and the most riders from one workplace. The Humboldt Bay Bicycle Commuters Association organizes the annual Bike to Work Day to encourage cycling as a viable alternative to driving an automobile.
While organizing Carbondale's mini-event on Friday, I spoke to Cindy Maples
at SRSS, who was organizing "Walk Away the Blues" Day, also on May 21. Cindy was totally up for combining the events, although there wasn't enough time to pull it off this year, but next . . .
Speaking to the assembled bicylists at The Civ, last Friday, Mayor Brad Cole
expressed his desire for the City of Carbondale to become an official "Bicycle Friendly Community
" (as determined by the League of American Bicyclists
), something which Anne Johnson
, President of the Carbondale Bicycle Club has already presented to City Planner Tom Redmond
, and City Councilwoman (and avid bicyclist) Sheila Simon
, so . . . look for further developments on this project.
The Bike 2 Work event on Friday, was fairly simple, but effective. Mellow guitar riffs(melovator music) was provided by the Amazing Ran Dee (aka Darby McG) and sandwiches and veggie wraps by Andrea Barclay
(of Global Gourmet) . . . Carbondale Times editor, Tom Riechman
and Mary Avery
(his wife) won a trophy for riding the longest distance, and Anne Johnson
, President of the Carbondale Bicycle Club
won a "lifetime achievement" award for many years of service to the club.
Anne had some sad news to report, though: John Stankovich
, a member of the CBC, and all-around great guy, died Wednesday night while riding his bicyle home after a ride with friends. Keith McQuarrie
and Sandy Semrow
, who were with John that night, said there was no evidence of John being run off the road or foul play. Apparent heart attack, reports a heartfelt memorial tribute
in Saturday's Southern Illinoisa
The final speaker at the lunch, Mark Robinson
expressed The Bike Surgeon's intention to fix-up bicycles donated by the Carbondale Bicycle Club for the Women's Center and other deserving groups in town.