Last week was Bike to Work Week in Chicago. We celebrate it later than the rest of the country, waiting until June to make sure it does not snow.
I volunteered at an Active Transportation Alliance commuter pit stop one morning. The stop offered free coffee and Clif bars, various swag, tune-ups and general encouragement. I mostly just stood around chatting with friends, though.
This particular pit stop was co-hosted by The Chainlink and REI.
Julie of The Chainlink worked the megaphone with great enthusiasm and cuteness.
People signed their names to a petition to support more protected bike lanes in Chicago, part of Active Trans’s new and exciting Neighborhood Bikeways Campaign.
My friend Sara happened to ride by on her way to work, looking naturally fabulous. Hello!
And other office cycle chic peeps rolled by.
After a demanding morning of gabbing and drinking free Caribou coffee, I set off for the office myself.
I’m a fan of Bike to Work Week. Some people criticize the focus on commuting, while others proclaim it should be “bike to work week every week,” but the directed outreach seems to encourage new people to try transportation cycling. In fact, I first biked to work during the official Bike to Work Week three years ago. It would be interesting to see statistics comparing the amount of bike commuters the week before, the week of, and the week after the event.
Was anyone else inspired by Bike to Work Week or a similar event as a newbie? Do you have any co-workers who became interested in commuting after hearing about the event?