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.
- Help create a more bicycle-friendly Springfield;
- Don’t miss Bikefest on the Springfield Public Square during First Friday Art Walk from 6 – 9 p.m., Friday, May 7. We will have info about registering for the Commuting Challenge, live music, a casual History Ride, art bikes, bike parking and more. Everyone is encouraged to come to Art Walk by bike, on foot or by bus.
- Panera Bread will give a free breakfast to everyone who participates at least one day that week! (bagel & coffee) Must be registered on our website through a workplace or school to be eligible;
- City Utilities will give free city bus rides all week for those traveling with a bike;
- Free use of showers/towels that week at the YMCA’s and all Cox Fitness Centers;
- Opportunity for your workplace or school to win a traveling trophy;
- Chance to win a cool Ozark Greenways baseball cap;
- Current alternative transportation infrastructure in Springfield includes: greenway trails, on-street bike route system and city buses that all have bike racks on the front;
- We’ll even plan your commute route, call (417) 864-2015.
“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, firstname.lastname@example.org