April 29, 2010

News Release

For Immediate Release

Bike, Bus, Walk Week May 17-21

Ozark Greenways will host the 13th annual “Bike, Bus, Walk to Work Week” event during the week of May 17 – 21, asking 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 creative combination of these - our goal is to highlight current alternative transportation options in Springfield and especially support future expansion.

“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 in so many ways – now and for generations to come.”

For those wishing to take the annual Commuting Challenge and show support for expanding our community’s bicycling infrastructure for alternative transportation, they should register online with 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