April 09, 2009

News Release

For Immediate Release

"Bike, Bus, Walk to Work Week" May 11-15

Ozark Greenways will host the 12th annual “Bike, Bus, Walk to Work Week” event during the week of May 11 – 15 to challenge Springfield area residents to get to work or school at least one day during that week without a car. Whether it's riding a bike, taking public transportation, walking, carpooling, telecommuting or any combination of these - our goal is to highlight current alternative transportation options in Springfield and especially support future expansion.

The challenge kicks off with a bikefest from 6 – 9 p.m., Friday, May 1, in the Springfield Public Square, celebrating May as Bike Month. We encourage everyone to come via bike or bus. There will be bike parking, live music, art bikes, information about alternative transportation - and Andy’s Custard will give free custard to the first 100 people! Other highlights of the May 11 – 15, week-long challenge include:

“We need to develop our community in a way that actually makes it comfortable or even feasible to walk or bike somewhere,” said Program Coordinator Lori Tack. “We're so focused on accommodating cars, that we're doing ourselves a huge misfortune by not giving bicycling infrastructure the focus it needs! Money can always be an excuse, but ultimately it takes the commitment of the public to voice their support and local leaders to take action. Ultimately, this infrastructure will pay for itself - for generations to come.”

For those wishing to take the annual Challenge and show support for our community’s expanded infrastructure for alternative transportation, they should register online representing their workplace or school through www.ozarkgreenways.org.

For more information, contact: Lori Tack, Ozark Greenways (417) 864-2015, lori@ozarkgreenways.org

Ozark Greenways–P.O. Box 50733–Springfield, MO 65805–(417) 864-2015–www.ozarkgreenways.org