With spring in the air, the Monadnock Alliance for Sustainable Transportation (MAST) and the League of American Bicyclists, a national organization of bicyclists, announce that May 20, 2016 is Bike to Work Day.
Why Bike to Work?
Forty percent of all trips in the U.S. are less than two miles, making bicycling a feasible and fun way to get to work. With increased interest in healthy, sustainable and economic transportation options, it’s not surprising that, from 2000 to 2013, the number of bicycle commuters in the U.S. grew by more than 62 percent. More bicycle commuting data is available at www.bikeleague.org/commutingdata/.
2016 Bike to Work Day Schedule of Events*
MAST invites bicyclists to stop by Railroad Square in Keene between 6:00 am and Noon on Bike to Work Day to take advantage of free coffee, snacks, giveaways.
6:00 am – Noon: Free commuter breakfast, including coffee, juice, bagels, and fruit (while supplies last).
6:00 am – Noon: Free bicycle adjustments and maintenance Q&A provided by Advanced Cyclist
9:00 – 9:45 am: Complete Streets information session at the Hannah Grimes Center, located at 25 Roxbury Street in Keene. Find out why 30 states, including all New England states except New Hampshire, as well as more than 600 counties and municipalities have adopted Complete Streets policies to help improve the quality of life for their citizens, from healthier kids to more independent seniors.
10:00 am: Mayor’s proclamation about Bike to Work Day
10:15 – 11:15 am: Bicycle and Walking tours of Keene showcasing bicycle-, pedestrian-, and transit-friendly street design. Led by the Bike Walk Alliance of New Hampshire and MAST.
Noon: Raffle drawing. Prizes include a Bicycle Basket from Peterboro Basket Company, a Bicycle Basket from Advanced Cyclist, a free 1-month membership at the Keene YMCA, a Monadnock Food Co-op gift card, a 1-month pass for the City Express Bus, and more! Winners will be notified via email or phone.
* Schedule subject to change
Log Your Trips and Win Prizes
CommuteSmart New Hampshire is challenging commuters to “commute smart” – carpool, walk, telecommute, bike, or use public transportation. By logging your smart commute in the new online trip logger, you can compete with other teams and individuals statewide to win prizes and get free giveaways. Register today to get started! www.CommuteSmartNH.org
The CommuteSmart NH Statewide Challenge begins May 16th. There will be a one-week competition during National Bike to Work Week (May 16-20, 2016) and a season long competition (May 16 – October 31, 2016) focusing on setting new records for reducing single occupancy travel and as a commitment to environmentally-friendly commuting.
Bike to Work Day Event Sponsors
MAST would like to thank the following event sponsors for their generous support:
- Advanced Cyclist
- Brewbakers Cafe
- City Express Bus
- Elm City Bagels
- Hannah Grimes Center
- Keene Family YMCA
- Monadnock Buy Local
- Monadnock Food Co-op
- Prime Roast Coffee