KEEP YOUR EYES OPEN FOR INFORMATION ABOUT STRIVE NOT TO DRIVE, APRIL 20!
Friday, April 20, is the big day, complete with prizes, promotions, and even breakfast!
Asheville Transit is offering 25-cent bus fare, the film festival will be at UNCA, and there will be prize drawings for folks who register at www.gettingaround-wnc.com and then do something besides drive alone on Friday.
If Friday, the 20th doesn’t work for you, you have until the 29th to register and complete your own strive not to drive day. So far, I know that prizes have been provided by Liberty Bicycles, Asheville Transit, Greenlife Grocery, the Asheville Citizen-Times, Malaprops, the Tweetsie Railroad, Asheville Regional Airport, and Chimney Rock Park. (There are seriously good prizes available.)
The bicycle workshop will be Saturday morning (see below), and on Sunday, April 22, the Beat the Bounds Ride begins at 9 (details available at www.blueridgebicycleclub.org), and then the earth day celebration will begin at 12:30 at the Cathedral of All Souls in Biltmore Village. Information (and prize registration!) will be on http://www.gettingaround-wnc.com/.
HOW TO LEAVE YOU CAR AT HOME – USING YOUR BICYCLE FOR TRANSPORTATION WORKSHOP IS SATURDAY, APRIL 21
This beginning transportation workshop will be from 9-1, with an optional short ride afterward. The workshop is free, but please reserve a space by contacting Claudia Nix. The workshop will include a panel discussion by folks who use their bicycle to get around, and sessions on safety, riding skills, equipment, and route planning. Asheville Transit is bringing a bus so there will be a chance to practice using the bicycle racks. At the end of the workshop, there will be a chance for a short group ride. Michael Sule rightly observed that by sending out news of the workshop to this mailing list, we are "preaching to the choir." He proposes we think of the workshop as a “bring a friend to church” activity. Tell someone you know who isn’t riding in Asheville about the workshop. Bring them if that’s what it takes.
Barb Mee, Transportation Planner
French Broad River MPO
P.O. Box 7148, Asheville, NC 28802
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