Thanks to everyone who participated in Bike to Work and School Day on Wednesday, as well as to the TBAG volunteers who provided moral support at each of the breakfast stops. It was a great morning for a bike ride. Things were busiest at the Wildflower, Whole Foods, and 6th Street Park stops, but we had our fair share of tenacious commuters visiting Berning’s Fine Jewelery and IKEA as well, and learned a thing or two about navigating through those sections of Tempe. Two highlights for me at Berning’s were meeting a lot of long-distance commuters (commuting over 20 miles, round-trip), and meeting Patricia, owner of the third-generation business Berning’s Fine Jewelery and long-time supporter of bicycling in Tempe. Check out a couple of the cool pictures from previous years in the photograph below.

Patricia and Pup

Here’s what Ben had to add about the 6th Street happenings:

Ryan Guzy, Sam Savage, and Ben Bahn joined up at the sixth street station in downtown Tempe to greet the commuters as they rolled in. At six in the morning times were a bit slow, which then picked as the morning
progressed. Being the downtown and the end of the community ride with the mayor, we had lot commuters, some passing on to reach further work destinations even in other cities. We had a wide range of cycles and
commuters which was great to see as always. We had cruisers, tricycles, recumbents, comfort, mountain, and road bikes all join the fun. It was great to see the different rides and what equipment they used to for ride. Children to seniors all enjoyed the breakfast snacks and beverages. Some community ride cyclists had a second snack or beverages. At one point I witnessed a friendship forming when two commuters found out they both ride bikes to their workplace. Most commuters showed an interest or already heard about T.B.A.G., and we
should have some new faces at the upcoming bike events.

Ryan took some pictures of the Sixth Street bicyclists, which can be seen here.

Berning’s Fine Jewelery

3 Responses to “Bike to Work and School Day Re-cap”
  1. Ben says:

    That was fantastic! The pictures looked great.

  2. Dave R says:

    Thanks to all the volunteers and everyone who participated.

  3. Jeff says:

    Hi. Please join the Bicycle to Work! LinkedIn networking group. Members pledge that they will try to ride their bicycle to work or on an errand at least once a week. Although the benefits should be obvious, let me outline them here.

    Right now people in the industrialized world are facing two very grave problems: obesity and a growing scarcity of oil. Compounding this problem is the new food shortage brought about, in part, by the conversion of food cropland to bio-fuel crop production. Most people feel powerless to help, but there is one thing that we can do. Ride our bicycles to work.

    If everyone would agree to ride their bikes to work one day per week we could cut oil consumption by as much as 10-15%. No one would argue that riding a bike burns more calories than driving the car. Although popular politically right now, most bio-fuels consume more energy than they produce. We would be much better to eat those bio-crops then use our own energy to transport us around.

    So spread the word. Make it a movement! Bicycle to work one day a week and do your part to cut back obesity and the overuse of oil and precious cropland.

    Just go to my profile at http://www.linkedin.com/in/jeffreylstevenson and you can click on the group to be included. While you are there, don’t forget to ask to link to my network of more than 7,000.000 like-minded professionals. I accept all invitations and look forward to meeting you.

    Jeff

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