Mayor Michael Gillette rang in May’s Bike and Clean Commute Challenge Month with a Proclamation reading on the Lynchburg City Town Hall steps April 28th. Mayor Gillette noted the importance of all modes of transportation and recognized the value in the bike lanes, crosswalks, and public transit to the City of Lynchburg.
Clean Commute and Bike Month events held included the May 7th Bike Shorts Film Festival held at the Academy of Fine Arts. Ninty-nine (99) attendants were treated to food from Lindsay Hall and Drew Fontaine, owners of Taco Shark Food Truck, and thirteen (13) local, regional, and international short films. Special thanks to the Academy of Fine Arts, Lynch’s Landing, Imperial Tobacco Lofts, and Blueridge Outdoor Magazine for the Lynchburg screening sponsorship.
This year’s Bike Shorts included submissions from Region 2000 residents. Jeff Gray, Lynchburg resident and owner of Scene 3 submitted the film “Get up” and Appomattox High School students Travlyn Pantana and Dustin Louge, produced the Audience Choice Film “The Fitzroy Caper”, earning the talented students $100. All of the videos submitted for the 2015 Bike Shorts Film Festival are available for viewing at https://www.youtube.com/user/bikeshortsroanoke.
May 15th National Bike to Work Day began with the Morning Commute Convoy, a guided bike ride from Riverside Park and Kemper Street Station, and the Clean Commute Breakfast, a continental breakfast held on the wonderful Depot Grille deck. Special thanks to Depot Grille for their sponsorship.