Groups encouraging people to bike to work next week and providing food
May is National Bike Month according to the League of American Bicyclists and beginning Monday communities across the country like Charlottesville will be observing Bike to Work Week.
“And what that means is that we’re encouraging everyone to bike to work, bike to school, wherever you’re going,” said Josh Carp of the group Livable Cville.
That organization and several others are holding events throughout the week to promote the activity beginning with an event at Three Notch’d Brewery on Monday at 4:30 p.m.
Snack stations will be held at various locations on various mornings beginning with one outside of Skipwith Hall on Tuesday, one outside the University of Virginia hospital on Wednesday, and out outside the UVA Aquatic and Fitness Center on Thursday.
There will be a bike bus commute from the Wool Factory to UVA on Tuesday and an e-bike demo at the Albemarle County Office Building on Thursday.
“We have our full schedule on our website at biketoworkcville.org and we’ll be pushing out different notifications about different events as they happen on social media,” Carp said.
Carp said Livable Cville wants people to try out biking to help encourage people to drive significantly less.
“It’s great for the climate,” Carp said. “Obviously riding a bike uses almost no carbon compared to even the most efficient car. It’s much more climate friendly. We also want to build a community around biking in Charlottesville.”
Carp said that means a need to build more infrastructure for biking in the community to make it safer.