This week marks the 10th annual Seacoast Bike/Walk to Work Week, and the forecast indicates that the best days to get out of our cars for a green commute are ahead of us. As has become tradition, UNH plays host to a free commuter breakfast on Friday (May 18) from 7 – 10 a.m. at the wildcat statue.
“It’s been a soggy month, but Friday is looking like a great day for commuters to try biking, walking, or taking Wildcat Transit to work,” says Brent Bell, associate professor of kinesiology, whose department is one of the UNH hosts of the breakfast. “We hope to see lots of alternative commuters enjoying breakfast and camaraderie with us Friday morning.”
UNH is on track to hang onto the Seacoast Corporate Commuter Challenge trophy for the major institution division, particularly with this year’s addition of the Wildcat Commuter Challenge. Organized by UNH’s Sustainability Stewards, the challenge has 55 UNH employees tracking their car-free commutes for the month of May. As of May 8, participants had logged 38 one-way biking trips, 28 walking, 36 Wildcat Transit, and 16 carpooling.
To help UNH win the trophy, commuters should register at the breakfast or by going to http://www.seacoastbikes.org/bwwd.cfm.
Bike/Walk to Work Day was launched by the League of American Bicyclists in 1956 to promote bicycling as a healthy and safe way to get to work, decrease traffic congestion, improve air quality, and raise public awareness of opportunities to improve bike facilities. Locally, events around the Seacoast are managed by Seacoast Area Bicycle Routes (SABR), in partnership with Rockingham and Strafford planning commissions.
For more information about the 10th annual Seacoast Bike/Walk to Work Day, including maps of the commuter breakfasts and popular commuting routes, go to http://www.seacoastbikes.org/bwwd.cfm. Registering also enters commuters to win prizes, including messenger bags from BaileyWorks, gift certificates from local bike shops, bike lights, bike map sets, and other items.
The UNH/Durham Bike/Walk to Work Day breakfast is hosted by the Department of Kinesiology, with support from the UNH Sustainability Academy, UNH Health Services, and Town of Durham.