At the end of May, we recognized some amazing people in the region who have helped make cycling safe and accessible for everyone. Now that things have calmed down a bit, we wanted to take a moment and introduce you to them. First up, our Extraordinary Bicycle Professional award winners: Kali Casper and Anne McClung.
We’ll be celebrating in Blacksburg on May 20 to thank those who have taken the clean commute pledge. Stop by, say hello, and enjoy a cup of coffee and a pastry.
Clean Commute participants pledge to use a cleaner commute mode – biking, walking, riding the bus, carpooling – during May. Each trip pledged is an entry for the prize drawings. There’s a Commute Team of the Year competition open to any group (workplace, clubs, informal groups), too.
You can still join the Clean Commute Challenge!
Join cyclists worldwide in a silent, slow-paced ride in honor of those who have been hurt or killed while cycling on public roadways. This ride will happen in Radford.
The event is family-friendly and children are encouraged to participate (helmets are required). We will have a police escort along the 7 mile route and will ride at a slow pace. Though solemn, the group ride is enjoyable and inspirational to even the youngest riders.
Co-sponsored by the New River Valley Bicycle Association and Pathways for Radford, the New River Valley ride was first organized in 2008 after the untimely death of Fess Green, RU Professor and veteran cyclist.
Staging will begin in the Sal’s / El Charro (Central Lumber) parking lot at 709 W Main Street, Radford, VA, 24141 at 6:30pm
Schedule of events:
6:30 – staging begins
6:45 – speakers and instructions
6:59 – moment of noise
7:00 – Ride of Silence begins
If you cannot ride, we welcome your support for bike safety. Join us along the route on Main Street (from Sal’s and El Charro to the Dedmon Center). Participants are invited to gather at Sal’s and El Charro following the ride.
What did it take to win Clean Commuter of the Year in 2015? 93 trips. A little motivation. Planning. Encouragement from friends and coworkers. An employer actively supporting smart commuting.
2015’s winner – Emma Jones – is a regular clean commuter. She takes advantage of her employer’s support for telecommuting and connects her cycling with the bus on days she’s heading to the office. But she doesn’t stop with the daily commute; because she lives in town, she can and does use her bike and her feet to get around for errands and social outings.
This post isn’t just a success story about our winner. It’s a post on how you can be a successful clean commuter, too. more
We’re pleased to be able to offer several sponsorship opportunities for our various Bike Month events this year. Sponsors get both the benefit of recognition during some of our biggest, most popular events, as well as knowing they are reaching and supporting the growing bicycle culture in the region.