July 02, 2009

News Release

For Immediate Release

Nearly 800 Participate in "Bike, Bus, Walk Week"

Ozark Greenways would like to thank the businesses and schools who were represented in this year’s "Bike, Bus, Walk Week", May 11-15! (Known nationally as "Bike-to-Work-Week".) Employees and students from over 90 businesses and schools participated in the challenge to use bicycles, the city bus, walking and carpooling as transportation to and from work or school, saving over six thousand miles of driving in just one week during this event. This doubled participation over last year! City Utilities gave free bus rides to anyone traveling with a bike that week to showcase the bike racks on the front of each bus. They gave out 423 free rides to cyclists in just one week. We created a new year-round website about alternative transportation, extended the Challenge to area school kids and highlighted our growing local bike route system as well as the greenway trails.

The goal of all this is to contribute to a firm base of support for creating a more bicycle and pedestrian-friendly city. High gas prices shouldn’t be the only motivation for leaving your car behind once in a while. Protecting our air and water quality, increasing health, saving money and creating a better quality of life are just a few of the benefits of using alternative modes of transportation. Not to mention the free Panera Bread Company breakfast vouchers given to all official event participants in May!

We’re excited to award traveling trophies to the following 2009 winners who had the most participants in the Challenge to leave their cars behind to get to work or school that week:

Businesses and schools that would like to get involved, should contact Ozark Greenways or go to our website. We hope Springfieldians will continue to bike or bus for transportation throughout the year as well as participate in next year’s Bike, Bus & Walk Week.

For more information, contact: Lori Tack, Ozark Greenways, 864-2015

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