Alternative Commuters – Including President – Celebrate Bike/Walk to Work Day
By Beth Potier, Media Relations
May 20, 2009
Per Berglund, associate professor of physics, stopped by for breakfast before transporting daughters Lotta (left) and Addie to day care.
More than 50 car-free commuters came by bicycle, foot and even scooter to a free Bike/Walk to Work Day breakfast at the wildcat statue on Friday, fueling up with bagels and coffee instead of gas. President Mark Huddleston walked up Main Street to enjoy the festivities. The breakfast was one of many around the state and the nation to celebrate national Bike to Work Day.
They came from near and far: one Goss International employee biked more than 60 miles round-trip, and EOS information technologist Barbara Briggs pushed her Xootr-brand kick-scooter from Newmarket.
Associate director of research computing Patrick Messer, President Huddleston, associate professor of kinesiology John Miller, Jeff Donald of the English department (organizer of the breakfast), assistant professor of kinesiology Brent Bell and his son Holden Bell.
Gary Cilley, formerly of the admissions office and now working for USNH in Lee, stopped by on his 12-mile morning loop from Madbury. He was so inspired by last year’s Bike/Walk to Work Day, he says, that he started biking daily in good weather last summer … then got raingear … then a new bike … then some panniers so he can pick up groceries at the Market Basket on the way home. He’s hooked now, he says, and he’s biked nearly every day since March, logging 700 miles. He’s shooting for a total of 2,500 miles this summer.
Durham town engineer Dave Cedarholm; information support technician Katie Ellis; Jeff Donald, academic/student services assistant in the English department; and Gary Cilley, director of transfer and articulation for USNH.
Jeff Donald of the English department coordinated this year’s breakfast with administrative support from the Office of Sustainability and Durham: It’s Where U Live. The Bagelry and Breaking New Grounds in Durham donated breakfast goods.