Archive for Friday, May 21, 2010

Lawrence commuters trade four wheels for two on Bike to Work Day

Many Lawrence employees ditched their vehicles and biked into work Friday morning as part of national Bike to Work Day. The bikers were rewarded with coffee and food along with prime parking.

May 21, 2010


Michael Gordon had one goal Friday morning: To find the bike rack fuller than the parking lot at Allen Press.

Making his commute to work on a recumbent bike, Gordon stopped off at Sunflower Outdoor & Bike Shop, where cyclists were celebrating Bike to Work Day with coffee, doughnuts and fruit — compliments of the store and WellCommons. Friday was part of a monthlong event that encourages people to get out of their cars and onto their bikes for the trip to work.

Gordon’s commute, which started at his house near the Douglas County 4-H Fairgrounds, is about two miles. He rides his bike about once a month. Allen Press has about a half-dozen regular bike commuters.

“I sit at a desk all day and I don’t get to ride recreationally as much as I would like to,” Gordon said. “This is a way to save on gas and get in a little bit of exercise.”

Gordon isn’t the only one who recognizes the personal benefits of biking to work.

“All that stress just melts away when I get on my bike,” said Dan Hughes, owner of Sunflower Bike Shop.

Before breaking his collarbone in a biking accident a few weeks ago, Hughes could count on one hand the number of times he drove his car to work in the past 10 years.

And Friday morning, Hughes didn’t let an arm in a sling stop him from making the ride to work on his bike.

For those thinking about commuting on two wheels instead of four, Hughes advises starting with one or two days a week, mapping out a route that isn’t too strenuous and stashing clothes at work to change into after the commute.

“Start small and expand from there,” Hughes said.


SettingTheRecordStraight 7 years, 7 months ago

While the bicyclists have one day to celebrate, I'll be celebrating 364 days of "Drive Your Car to Work Day."

parrothead8 7 years, 7 months ago

Wow, you work 364 days a year? Bicyclists must be smarter than people who drive cars. We only work about 250 days a year.

Martin Shupert 7 years, 7 months ago

and AND you'll be breathing in the smog until you die. I can't believe anyone would try to put the notion down that perhaps we should get more exercise and use less gas while we're at it. It's win/win. Maybe if you can't see the wisdom in this, you are doomed to work 364 days a year... "Do you want fries with that?"

chzypoof1 7 years, 7 months ago

You are changing NOTHING. I work 250 days a year, and drive 100 miles a day. My release of CO2 does NOTHING to the environment. It's an inert gas publicized by Al. I'm not a Repub or a Dem. I just have done the real research. The heating we experienced years ago was cyclical. We are cooling, NOT warming.

PLEASE do some UNBIASED research. The 30 people that showed up made no difference.....


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