May 15-19 was designated nationally as the 2017 Bike To Work Week. Dubuque area riders participated despite a wet week. Festivities culminated at Town Clock Plaza’s Dubuque Fest.
Prior to the week, Free Flight sponsored a Bike to Work Week (BTWW) promotion with WJOD radio host Ken Peiffer. Brian Walsh, owner of Free Flight, donated an electric bike as part of BTWW. City busses sported banners. Jeremy Burkhart with the Bike Coop, Dave Hartig and Parrish Marugg with Bicycle World, and Raki and Adonia Giannakouros all contributed time and energy as well.
Rolling right around the corner is Bike To Work Week. This nationwide effort encourages everyone to walk or ride a bike to work during the week of May 15-19. Endorsed by Tri-State Trail Vision, the Dubuque Bike Coop leads the initiative with several events. On Saturday, May 13, a tour around Dubuque will be the warm-up ride, so to speak. This begins at the Bike Coop at 22nd and Central. A couple more rides are planned during weekday evenings, and the week will wrap up and share the spotlight with DubuqueFest activities at the Town Clock Plaza. Register at http://www.tinyurl.com/DBQBTWW2017. The Bike Coop’s goal this year is to get 300 riders to commit to 1-5 days of walking or riding. Updated information can be found on the Dubuque Bike Coop’s Facebook page. Get out and get healthy!
Another successful Bike to Work Week has come and gone. The weather could not have been more perfect for the week. We had 84 riders for the week ranging in age from 20 to 79 years old! The average daily commute was 9 miles. The longest trip was 38 miles, and the shortest trip was 1 mile. In total, bicycle commuters rode over 3,100 miles! To put that in perspective, Tri-State bicycle commuters rode across the state of Iowa and back again 5 times! Assuming everyone would have driven a car instead of a bike for the week, Tri-State bicycle commuters reduced their CO2 emissions by an estimated 1.3 metric tons. Lastly, when considering the price of gas, Tri- State bicycle commuters ended the week not only healthier and greener, but wealthier too! Of course, just because the week is over doesn’t mean you can’t ride anymore. You can ride, free of charge, all summer. Thanks for all of your support, and I hope to see everyone riding to work or on the trails.
A Shout Out from the Telegraph Herald Editorial Board:
Bike to Work Week – May 14-18 (TH Editorial)
Maybe your bike has been sitting in the garage collecting dust since September — or longer. Or maybe you took advantage of the summer-like March weather and got out on two wheels.
Either way, you have a chance to get it in gear with Dubuque’s Bike to Work Week. May 14-18 has been designated Bike to Work Week, with advantages for those who are ready to toss the car keys aside and give pedal power a try for a week.
If you haven’t explored the city’s trails in awhile, you might find you’re able to hop on a path for part of your commute. You can get from the West Side (Asbury and the Northwest Arterial) to downtown (22nd Street) via trail these days, and more paths connect other areas.
Lots of businesses in town support having employees bike to work — as well they should. Workplace wellness efforts lead to less sick time and employees being less stressed. And the ride probably won’t take as long as you think. You don’t have to do it every day. Take a look at your schedule and figure out what days will work best. Then go to THonline.com and sign up.
Even if you don’t plan to ride, Bike to Work Week should be on your radar. There’s no better time for drivers to be more aware of bicycles and the need to share the road. Failure to do so is a mistake of potentially fatal proportions.
Bicyclists have to follow the same rules as drivers of motor vehicles, and they are afforded the same rights to the roadway as motorists. There are far too many drivers in and around Dubuque who see the cyclist as a nuisance who deserves to be honked at, cut off and cursed.
Bike to Work Week is a great time to start making more effort to share the road. Your friends in spandex will thank you.
Editorials reflect the consensus of the Telegraph Herald Editorial Board. (TH 5-7-12)
With spring just around the corner, another bicycle season is upon us. To help usher in that season, Tri- State Trail Vision in partnership with the Telegraph Herald are planning our third annual Bike to Work Week. Bike to Work Week, which is actually part of Bike to Work Month, will take place this year from May 14-18, and Bike to Work Day will be Friday, May 18th. These events were first recognized by the United States Congress in 1956 and
have been recognized every year since. Bike to Work Day, Week and Month are about the promotion of cycling and safe bicycling.
Biking to work is a fun and easy way to get daily exercise without having to find time to work out. Over 66% of the adult US population is overweight and 32% of the US is obese, costing our nation $68 billion in health care and personnel costs annually. With the cost of one gallon of gas headed north of $4 and the “cost” of a half hour on the bike at 150 calories, biking to work has never looked so good.
While the word “work” may appear in Bike to Work Week, it doesn’t have to stop there. Bike to Work Week is meant to promote biking for retired individuals headed out for their morning coffee, for those who make a quick stop at the local convenience store, or for children going to school. Most children are driven to school in cars or buses, and one child out of every four is overweight. Biking to school is great way to get kids active. Bike to Work Week might be more appropriately called Bike Week.
This year, as we move closer to Bike to Work Week, look for promotional materials in the Telegraph Herald and other partner businesses. Make sure to sign up for Bike to Work Week at:
www.thonline.com/biketowork or www.trailvision.org.
Help us keep the momentum going by getting out there and going for a ride!
We’re looking for members to serve on the planning committee this year. If
interested, please contact Michael Loebach.