[Summit] RIPTA Announces “Bike to Work Week” in Honor of National Bike Month and to Encourage “Greener” Commuting

David Kolsky davidjkolsky at yahoo.com
Tue May 9 12:08:25 CDT 2017

On Mon, 5/8/17, RIPTA <marketinginfo at ripta.com> wrote:

 Subject: RIPTA Announces “Bike to Work Week” in Honor of National Bike Month and to Encourage “Greener” Commuting
 Date: Monday, May 8, 2017, 12:35 PM
 Announces “Bike to Work Week” in Honor of National Bike
 Month and to Encourage “Greener” Commuting 
Bike to Work Week runs Saturday, May 13 – Friday, May 19, 2017
 Prizes  include $200 Gift Card to NBX  Bikes

In recognition of National Bike Month, the
 Rhode Island Public Transit Authority (RIPTA)’s Commuter
 Resource RI (CRRI) team is launching its first “Bike to
 Work Week,” beginning on Saturday, May 13, and ending on
 National Bike to Work Day, Friday, May 19, 2017.  The week
 will include a free bike safety workshop and the CRRI team
 will be at key commuter locations to encourage people to
 “rethink their ride” by incorporating biking into their
 workday travel.
 The week kicks off with a free “Rethink Your Ride” bike workshop
 on Saturday, May 13, from 8am to 2pm at NBX Bikes, 414
 Warren Avenue, East Providence.  This interactive
 workshop will be great for beginners as well as seasoned
 riders looking for a refresher on safety tips. NBX will
 provide everything needed for this hands-on workshop so
 participants do not have to bring their own bikes.  If
 people do want to bring their own bikes, NBX staff will
 examine them for any safety issues. RIPTA’s Commuter
 Resource team will be on site to answer questions and help
 participants plan their routes, particular if they need to
 integrate riding the bus. The
 workshop rain date is Saturday, May 20.
 Like other public transit agencies, RIPTA is
 committed to supporting different modes of travel that help
 reduce the number of single occupancy vehicles on the road.
 Also, biking and taking the bus make a great combination,
 with many people choosing to pedal part of their way to work
 and then use public transportation to complete the trip. 
 All of RIPTA’s fixed-route buses are equipped with
 easy-to-use bike racks. “This week will give us a chance
 to highlight the benefits of bike commuting and also show
 that RIPTA can help people with their trips,” said Barbara
 Polichetti, Director of Public Affairs for RIPTA.  “For
 example, people who live in more rural areas might enjoy a
 ride to their bus stop and then let RIPTA take them into the
 “Bike to Work Week will be a fun and engaging
 way to encourage commuters to use alternatives instead of
 driving alone to work, “Polichetti said.  Choosing to ride
 a bicycle to work offers many benefits including saving
 money, boosting morale and health, reducing traffic
 congestion and decreasing harmful automobile emissions.
 The CRRI team will host information stations --
 featuring raffles and local refreshments -- between 6:30 am
 and 9:30 am at the following locations throughout the
 Bike to  Work Week Commuter Resource RI Outreach Schedule:

 Monday, May 15: Base of the George Washington Bridge, East
 Tuesday, May 16: Jewelry District - intersection of Ship
 & Richmond Streets, Providence
 Wednesday, May 17:  Memorial Park - South Main Street,
 Thursday, May 18: Amtrak Station Downtown Side,
 On  National Bike to Work Day, Friday, May 19, RIPTA will have
 representatives at special activities planned for Burnside
 Park in Providence, Eisenhower Park at Washington Square in
 Newport and at the South Kingstown Town Guild, 325 Columbia
 Street in Wakefield.  RIPTA’s Bike to Work Week
 activities have been made possible by generous community
 sponsors including NBX, Whole Foods, Devine City Cycle,
 Café La France, and the RI Bike Coalition.
 RIPTA’s Commuter Resource RI team works year
 round to educate the public about riding RIPTA and other
 modes of public transportation while also supporting
 alternatives such as carpools, vanpools, and biking.
 For more information on Bike to Work Week,
 please visit
                       RIPTA | 705 Elmwood Ave.| Providence, RI | 02907

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