(WEST PALM BEACH, Fla.) February 19, 2019 –
The City of West Palm Beach’s 6th
annual Bike to Work Week is scheduled to start on Monday, March 11, 2019. The week-long challenge includes a variety of FREE and fun events for cyclists to enjoy, including bike tune ups and giveaways, tips from cycling pros, a bike-in movie night, and coordinated group rides on the final day, Bike to Work Day, Friday, March 15. Bike to Work Week is in keeping with Mayor Muoio’s vision of a city that prioritizes people—including vulnerable pedestrians and bicyclists—before cars. The activities also serve to educate the community on the City’s sustainability initiatives, where the City seeks to ensure long-term viability of the City of West Palm Beach, and Vision Zero, where the City is making changes to ensure safety on its roads for all users, including bicyclists. To celebrate bicycling as a great form of physical activity and easy alternative means of transportation, Mayor Muoio intends to issue a formal proclamation declaring March as Florida Bicycle Month and March 11 – 15 2019, as Bike to Work Week. The proclamation will be read during the City Commission meeting on Monday, February 25, 2019.
“Bike to Work Week is a fun way for our community to learn about many of our initiatives and goals,” said West Palm Beach Mayor Jeri Muoio. “Participants will learn about sustainability and how making small changes can lead to large and lasting impacts. They’ll also learn about our goals for Vision Zero where-- through education, engineering and enforcement-- we will improve the safety of our streets for all users. I look forward to seeing our riders out and about during Bike to Work Week. The hope is that this enthusiasm will encourage them to come out on their bikes more often.”
Bike to Work Week activities include:
- Monday, March 11, 2019: Bike Pit-Stop | West Palm Beach Tri-Rail and Palm Tran Stations between 7 – 9:30 a.m. and 3:30 – 6:30 p.m.
Riders are encouraged to stop by for tune ups, such as fixing tires and chains, or even just an overall quick check to make sure their bike is in tip-top shape. Free cycling swag will also be available for attendees.
- Tuesday, March 12, 2019: Pro-Tips Lunch & Learn | Mandel Public Library of West Palm Beach Library, 3rd floor (411 Clematis Street; West Palm Beach, FL 33401) from 12 – 1 p.m.
Cyclists are invited to lunch, where they will also get biking advice from seasoned pros. It is a great opportunity to learn how to a be more confident cyclist, as attendees will hear from bicycle experts, Nicholas Hernandez, the Bicycle and Pedestrian Coordinator for the Palm Beach Transportation Planning Agency (TPA), and Mark Hassell, from Bill Bone Bike Law, who will be sharing their knowledge on bicycle safety, bicycle commuting, and other informative advice. Attendees will also be entered in a prize raffle.
- Wednesday, March 13: Bike-In Movie | Subculture Coffee (509 Clematis St; West Palm Beach, FL 33401) from 5:30 – 8 p.m.
Riders are encouraged to arrive by bike for a movie and to meet other local riders. The social allows for bicycle enthusiasts in West Palm Beach to gather and build relationships, creating a stronger cycling community. A more engaged bike community can increase the health and sustainability of the City. All attendees will have the opportunity to participate in a prize raffle.
- Friday, March 15: Bike to Work Day and Safety Fair for riders
The culmination of the week-long festivities is Bike to Work Day, where the City has organized three different routes for people to join a group and bike to work. Each ride lasts approximately 30 – 45 minutes. All rides will finish at City Hall for a celebration, safety fair and giveaways. Rides include:
- North Ride starts at 7:30 a.m. from the Mangonia Park Tri-Rail Station (1415 45 St.; West Palm Beach, FL 33407) | for more info, contact coordinator Nicholas Hernandez at (561) 478-5713 or firstname.lastname@example.org
- South Ride starts at 7:30 a.m. from the South Olive Community Center (345 Summa St.; West Palm Beach, FL 33401) | for more info, contact coordinator Mark Hassell at (561) 236-3196
- West Ride starts at 7:45 a.m. from Target (1760 Palm Beach Lakes Blvd.; West Palm Beach, FL 33401) | for more info, contact coordinator Tara Moreno (561) 687-8679 or Alex Hansen (561) 729-4672
The Safety Fair will take place in the City Hall courtyard (401 Clematis St.; West Palm Beach, FL 33401) starting at 7 a.m. Riders will receive information on Vision Zero and how through the “three Es” – engineering, education and enforcement – the City of West Palm Beach plans to reduce and eventually eliminate serious injuries and fatalities on its streets. The initiative launched last year, and the City has already reported seeing improvements to pedestrian and bicyclist safety.
“Bike to Work Week is a great opportunity for people to try biking to work – or anywhere,” said Alex Hansen, City Comprehensive Planner. “Once people see how easy it is to get around downtown by way of their bicycles, they are more inclined to bike more often. This is good for their health, the sustainability of our City, and more. We hope people will register so that we can track our overall impact.”
As part of the Mayor’s Office of Sustainability and Vision Zero West Palm Beach, the City has been working to enhance and expand the City’s bicycle network, educate the public – drivers, bikers and pedestrians – on the rules of the road, expand bike trails and engineer its streets to be more user friendly for bicyclists and pedestrians. Specifically, the West Palm Beach Engineering Department is diligently working on expanding the City’s Bicycle Network to connect neighborhoods to the downtown with alternative modes of transportation. The City currently has approximately 50 miles of bicycle facilities and it is committed to adding 20 miles more by 2020.
“We have a clear vision to enhance mobility,” said Uyen Dang, PE, City Traffic Engineer. “We are constantly improving mobility by building a multimodal network to provide alternative modes of transportation and access to a wide range of users, including older adults and children who may not have access to a vehicle. Bike to Work Week is a great opportunity to educate the public about why biking is beneficial and our plans to make it more accessible in the immediate future.”
Bike to Work Week partners and sponsors include: South Florida Commuter Services, Palm Beach Transportation Planning Agency, West Palm Beach Downtown Development Authority, SkyBike, Bill Bone Bike Law, Subculture Coffee, Tri-Rail and Palm Tran.
To register, or for more information on Bike to Work Week, visit www.wpbbiketowork.org
, or contact Alex Hansen by phone, (561) 822-1463, or by email at email@example.com
. Anyone who wants to participate in the Bike to Work Week challenge can also track their bicycle trips using Strava. Please visit www.wpbbiketowork.org
to register and link your existing Strava account to your South Florida Commuter Services account to automatically track your trips.
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