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Bike to Work Day Is Friday

May 17, 2011

ORCA’s Third Bike to Work Day Is Friday

COOPERSTOWN – Otsego Regional Cycling Advocates, a committee of the Otsego County Conservation Association, is geared up for its third annual Bike to Work Day this Friday, May 20.

“We hope everyone chooses 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,” said event organizer Martha Clarvoe.

“Our goal is to double participation this year to 700 people,” continued Clarvoe, who is a founding member of ORCA and OCCA’s special projects manager. “We’ve talked to a lot of people who have been considering reducing their carbon footprint or adding more exercise to their routine – this is a big challenge, but walking or riding their bicycles will make this change easy and fun. One can even combine a bus ride with a bike ride or a walk to reduce their carbon footprint,” Clarvoe reminded.

Those interested in participating should go to the OCCA website home page, www.occainfo.org, click on the ORCA logo and follow the instructions for pre-registration.

“This is not required,” said Clarvoe, “but we were hoping this year to have departure locations as well as check-in locations set up for those who would like to ride with a partner.”

Competition between local businesses for the most employee participation is encouraged.

Bike to Work Day check-in locations throughout the county will be staffed from 6:30-9 a.m. except for schools and colleges, which tend to start later. Once a ride or walk is completed, Bike to Work Day participants may check in at one of the following locations: Bassett Medical Center, lawn near Fair and Beaver streets; Bugbee Hall, north side parking lot; Clark Sports Center, Cooperstown; Cooperstown Elementary School; Cooperstown Middle/High School; Edmeston Central School, cafeteria, 7-8 a.m.; Fox Care Center; A.O. Fox Hospital, Sky Light Room; Hartwick College, Stack Lounge at Dewar Hall; Hartwick Seminary Specialty Services; Kim Muller Plaza, Main Street, Oneonta; Laurens Central School, Trophy Hallway, 7-8 a.m.; Milford Central School, cafeteria, 7-8 a.m.; NYSHA – Farmers’ Museum parking lot; Opportunities for Otsego, 3 W. Broadway, Oneonta; Pathfinder Village, front lawn, 7-9 a.m.; Prolifiq Sign Studio, 207 River Street, Oneonta; Prudential Fox Properties, 31 Main Street, Oneonta; Richfield Springs School, front lawn; Sidney Federal Credit Union, 53 Market Street, Oneonta; Springbrook Campus, Main Campus Administration Building; and SUNY-Oneonta, in front of Hunt Union, 7:30-9:30 a.m.

“Custom Electronics, New York Pizzeria, Cooperstown Preschool and Paceline Sports Cycling Teamare the sponsors of this year’s event. We very much appreciate their support in promoting Bike to Work Day and helping to cover our expenses,” Clarvoe reported. “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, visitwww.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.

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