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Leave the Car at Home on Friday

By Beth Potier, Media Relations
May 19, 2010

Daniel Blickensderfer of IT Academic Technologies will ride his bike 12 miles to work on Friday; a breeze compared to the 60 miles he rode to his former job last year. Anne Lightbody rode her bike round-trip from Portsmouth to her job as an assistant professor in Earth sciences this week. Gina Desmarais of the computer sciences department commutes 30 miles round-trip on her bike, most days of the year. And Jody Record, editor of Campus Journal, has gotten into the car-free spirit by recommitting to Wildcat Transit from Portsmouth this week.

On Friday, May 21, these UNH employees and others from on campus and beyond will celebrate Bike/Walk to Work Day with a free commuter breakfast at the wildcat statue – and what’s forecasted to be a beautiful day. For some, like Desmarais, it will be an ordinary day. But for many others, Bike/Walk to Work Day provides incentive to try a car-free commute for the first – but hopefully not last – time.

“I think Bike to Work day is important because once you bike to work a few times you realize the benefits to biking – you get exercise and fresh air and don’t have to worry about  parking,” says assistant professor of kinesiology Brent Bell, who commutes by bike almost daily. His department, along with the UNH Office of Sustainability, Town of Durham, and UNH Health Services, is hosting this year’s Durham/UNH commuter breakfast, which runs from 7 – 10am.

For those heading somewhere other than Durham, Seacoast Area Bicycle Routes is coordinating commuter breakfasts at locations throughout the Seacoast; go to www.seacoastbikes.org to find the full list.

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