Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Bike to Work Day - Friday, May 7

This Friday Calgarians are encouraged to park their vehicles, keep their bus pass in their pocket and Bike to Work.

The City of Calgary and Balbi & Company Legal Centre are hoping Calgarians will try a healthier, cheaper, and greener form of transportation on May 7, 2010 during the fourth annual Bike to Work Day.

“Cycling is a positive, environmentally friendly means of commuting to and from the office,” says Lonny Balbi, the Bike to Work Day event organizer, adding it’s also a great way to save money and stay fit.

Thousands of Calgarians are expected to turn out for the annual event. Six Energy Pit Stop Stations will be set up around the downtown core where cyclists can stop for free beverages, snacks and giveaways. Bike mechanics from participating bike shops will also be onsite at the Energy Pit Stop Stations from 6 a.m. – 9 a.m. to provide free bicycle tune-ups to commuters.

If fitness, saving money or the environment isn’t incentive enough, a free pancake breakfast and complimentary Starbucks coffee will be provided to participants between 6:30 a.m. – 9 a.m. at Eau Claire Market. One lucky commuter will also win a brand new bike at Eau Claire Market during the breakfast celebrations, courtesy of The Bike Shop.

The City of Calgary encourages new and experienced cyclists alike to take part in Bike to Work Day.

“It is a great way to try out cycling to work for the first time using Calgary’s extensive pathway system, including approximately 700 kilometres of pathways and 290 kilometres of on-street bikeways,” says Azim Jivraj, Transportation Solutions Manager with The City.

“Make your commute easier with a new online pathways and bikeways map to plan your trip or to locate one of seven park and bike locations for cyclists commuting from the edges of the city.”

See you all Friday – I’ll be the guy sporting a bike with training wheels, baseball card in the spokes and streamers flowing off the handle bars.

For further details about the Bike to Work Day event please visit www.bikecalgary.ca and for here for bike and pathway map.

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