Friday, May 27, 2011

Bike Week Wrap-Up

A week ago today was Bike to Work Day!  To celebrate, and to help some of our new cyclists get through the commute, various organizations hosted Energizing Stations that offered refreshments, educational materials, and even an air pump to make sure cyclists were pumped up and ready to go!

Energizing Stations were set up outside of the Main Street Market and the Albemarle County Office Building from 7am-9am and 4pm-6pm.  I worked with Misty Boos of CHUVA (Co-Operative Housing at the University of Virginia) to host an Energizing Station near the intersection of Rugby Road and University Avenue.  We were joined by UTS driver Ola, bike supporter Matt, and my wonderful wife Sarah.  We had a great time talking to cyclists and even administered some quizzes to see how aware our area cyclists are of the rules of the road.  Cyclists who completed the quiz were able to enter a raffle to win awesome prizes from Blue Wheel Bicycles, Zinc restaurant, ACCT (Alliance for Community Choice in Transportation), and more.

Bike to Work Day came towards the end of all the Bike Week events held throughout the week (see my previous posts) that encouraged more people to try cycling for recreation and commuting.  Perhaps more importantly, Bike Week raised awareness about bicycle safety and the need for motorists and cyclists to share the road.

In other bike related news, the City of Charlottesville added some new bike lanes this week on West Main Street near the Main Street Market.  The photo above is courtesy of Bike Charlottesville (check out their Facebook page for more).  The lanes come after City Council voted to remove some of the on-street parking to increase safety on this major corridor.

Hope everyone has a great Memorial Day weekend!