For Immediate Release
Bike To Work Week Highlights Multiple Events
Ozark Greenways (OG) will host the 15th annual "Bike to Work Week" during, May 16–20, to invite 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 a combination - our goal is to highlight current alternative transportation options and support future expansion.
In honor of OG's 20th anniversary, check out their new website: www.ozarkgreenways.org .
- Join OG, Monday, May 16, 7-10 p.m., to celebrate the first day of Bike to Work Week with a Bike-in Movie in the back room of Patton Alley Pub, showing Breaking Away and Pee Wee's Big Adventure. Just $5 includes valet bike parking, movie entrance, discounted Fat Tire Ale and a donation to your favorite local greenway organization. Queen City Cycles and Patton Alley Pub will be hosting.
- The new north/south on-street "Link" corridor will be unveiled by the City of Springfield's Planning Department, Sunday, May 15, in conjunction with the Springfield Cardinals ballgame.
- Panera Bread will give a free breakfast voucher to everyone who participates at least one day that week! (bagel & coffee) Must be registered through workplace or school on OG website to be eligible
- City Utilities will give free city bus rides all week for those traveling with a bike
- Free use of showers at the YMCA's, Doling/Chesterfield family Centers and all Cox Fitness Centers
- Workplaces and schools can win trophies and prizes; encouraging healthy employees and students
- Help create a bicycle-pedestrian-friendly Springfield
- Current alternative transportation infrastructure in Springfield includes: greenway trails, on-street bike route system and city buses that all have bike racks on front
- Benefits: Improve public health, air and water quality, traffic congestion, quality of life, and more
"We need to develop our community in a way that actually makes it comfortable or feasible to walk or bike somewhere," said Program Coordinator Lori Tack. "We've been 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. This infrastructure will pay for itself many times over, for generations to come."
For those who want to participate, showing support for our community trails and on-street bike routes, register representing a workplace or school at www.ozarkgreenways.org .