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Bike / Walk to Work May 16 – May 20

By Beth Potier, Media Relations
May 11, 2011

Get ready to commute another way! Next week (May 16 – 20) marks the state’s week-long Commute Green NH Challenge, which closes with the Seacoast’s ninth annual Bike/Walk to Work Day on Friday, May 20. Once again, all alternative commuters are invited to a breakfast at the wildcat statue in front of the Whittemore Center (7 a.m. to 10 a.m.), hosted by the UNH department of kinesiology.

“Getting out of your car is a great way to interact with neighbors and co-workers, get some exercise, and do your small part for the planet,” says assistant professor of kinesiology Brent Bell, who coordinates the breakfast on behalf of his department. “And now that gas is approaching $4 a gallon, it’s an ideal time to break the car habit.”

Last year, 53 members of the UNH community biked, walked, carpooled, scootered, or rode public transit to work during the week, bringing the Seacoast’s coveted Corporate Commuter Challenge award to UNH for the first time. Help us keep the trophy by committing to an alternative commute, signing in at the breakfast, or e-mailing beth.potier@unh.edu with the details of your commute (mode of transportation, round-trip mileage and number of days you commuted alternatively).

Bike/Walk to Work Day breakfasts activities across the seacoast are being sponsored by Seacoast Area Bicycle Routes, Rockingham and Strafford planning commissions, COAST, and local businesses. To learn more about other Seacoast breakfasts, or to find bicycle routes around the Seacoast, go to www.seacoastbikes.org.

For more information on Commute Green NH activities, including Wildcat Transit’s free ride offer for Friday, May 20 (Wildcat Transit is always free with a UNH ID), go to www.commutegreennh.org.

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