Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Event for Transportation on Bike Week:

 

UMNA’s 2011 Bicycle Boulevard Ride   On Sunday, May 22nd at 1 PM in Cobbs Hill Park (the corner of Norris Dr. and Culver Road), we will hold another Bicycle Boulevard ride.  Our ride is called the Upper Monroe/ Swillburg Bicycle Boulevard ride

The bicycle ride will begin at 1PM sharp and it will be lead by a Rochester Bicycling Club Board member.  You’ll need to wear a helmet and children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. 

Last year, over forty bicyclists rode the bicycle boulevard demonstration ride through Upper Monroe neighborhood in Rochester, New York. They were not racers, or members of a single bicycling club, or recruits for a charity ride. They were just ordinary folks like you finding out what a bicycle boulevard would look and feel like in our area.  Maybe, it is a harbinger of things to come. 

Portland, Oregon’s next generation bicycle boulevards is already achieving what we are attempting here: “A low traffic volume and low traffic speed streets where bicycles, pedestrians and neighbors are given priority.”  

This ride is part of Rochester Bike Week, which is hosted by the Rochester Cycling Alliance.  There will be more rides during the week of May 20th - 27th. Stay tuned to all information about this ride and Bike Week on our web site: UpperMonroeNeighborhood.org.

Along with the Swillburg neighborhood, UMNA’s endorsement last year helped get bicycle boulevards into the final version of the Rochester Bicycle Master Plan: "The City of Rochester wants to make it easier for you to get around on your bicycle. The plan's recommendations will serve as a framework for the city's future investment in bicycle infrastructure." 

Check it out at City of Rochester | Bicycle Master Plan Project Besides having a great time with your friends and neighbors, consider while your bicycling with us that boulevards will help reduce greenhouse gas emissions, make you healthier, and create a more vibrant neighborhood. 

This ride is sponsored by the Upper Monroe Neighborhood, Swillburg Neighborhood, and the Rochester Sierra Club Transportation Committee.  Financial sponsorship for Bike Week 2011 is provided by Rochester Bicycling Club.  For other Bike Week rides in Rochester, go to Rochester Cycling Alliance: Bike Week 2011.

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