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ORCA SCHEDULES THIRD BIKE TO WORK DAY; VOLUNTEERS NEEDED

April 13, 2011

ORCA SCHEDULES THIRD BIKE TO WORK DAY; VOLUNTEERS NEEDED

COOPERSTOWN – Otsego Regional Cycling Advocates, a committee of the Otsego County Conservation Association, is planning its third annual Bike to Work Day for Friday, May 20. The aim of this event is to encourage people to choose an alternative “green” mode of transportation – biking, walking or even skateboarding – to get to work or school, to run errands, or just for fun on May 20 in particular and as a lifestyle choice in general.

“We hope to double our participation this year to 700 people. This is a big challenge, but we know there are a lot of people who have been considering reducing their carbon footprint or adding more exercise to their routine. Walking or riding their bicycles will make this change easy and fun,” said event organizer Martha Clarvoe. “I have been riding for 10 years – I started when I was 50 – and it’s always an invigorating adventure getting on my bike. I hope I see more people out there this year.”

Bike to Work Day check-in locations throughout the county will be staffed from 6:30-9 a.m. Those interested in participating, in setting up a check-in station, or in recruiting riders and walkers are encouraged to call Clarvoe at (607) 547-4020.

Competition between local businesses for the most employee participation is encouraged. Check-in locations to date include: Bassett Healthcare – Cooperstown, Bugbee Hall, Clark Sports Center, Cooperstown Elementary, Middle and High schools, Edmeston Central School, Hartwick College, Hartwick Seminary Specialty Services, Laurens Central School, New York State Historical Association (NYSHA), Opportunities for Otsego, Pathfinder Village, Prolifiq Sign Studio, and Springbrook.

“Cooperstown Preschool and Paceline Sports Cycling Teamare currently the sponsors of the event, but we are looking for more sponsors. We appreciate all the help we can get in promoting this event and covering our expenses,” Clarvoe reported.

Additional check-in locations will be announced as they are confirmed. These can also be found at the website, www.occainfo.org/orca.htm, by clicking on pre-registration. This year ORCA is encouraging pre-registrations in hopes that those looking for someone to ride with can coordinate a start time and location. The pre-registration online service is provided by SportsSignUp of Schenectady.

ORCA’s mission is to promote bicycling and walking in the Otsego County region as an enjoyable, healthy, safe, and environmentally friendly activity for people of all ages and abilities. For more information, visit www.occainfo.org/ORCA.htm. OCCA is a private, non-profit environmental membership organization dedicated to promoting the enjoyment and sustainable use of Otsego County’s natural resources through education, advocacy, resource management, research, and planning.

To join OCCA and/or ORCA or to obtain more information about Bike to Work Day, contact Clarvoe at (607) 547-4020 or by e-mail, <a href="mailto:martha.clarvoe, or e-mail William Walker at willwalk78.

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