Story last updated at 5/7/2009 - 2:51 pm
JUNEAU - The League of American Bicyclists is promoting Bike to Work Week from May 11-15 and Bike to Work Day on Friday, May 15. Cyclists around the country are gearing up for a week of car-less commuting.
The Juneau Freewheelers Bicycle Club is promoting the week locally by facilitating group rides and specials at some local businesses. The club organizes rides and races throughout the cycling season as well as bicycle safety clinics and other bike-related events.
To track Juneau's progress during the week, the Freewheelers have set up an account at velog.com/group/juneau-bike-week where riders can log their mileage. The cumulative goal is 10,000 miles. Last year, riders were shy of the goal, only accumulating about 3,000 miles. According to Barb Kelly, Bike to Work coordinator, walking miles, bus miles and even kayak miles will be accepted as well as biking miles.
Complementary showers will be available on Friday, May 15 at Fitness Essentials, Pavitt Health and Fitness, and the JRC. All that is asked is that cyclists show their helmet.
On Friday, May 15, there will be bike pedal pools at central meeting spots so that cyclists may commute as a group. These spots include Heritage Glacier Café in the valley, Marine Park downtown, Bonnie Brae in North Douglas and the Douglas Library.
Paradise Café and the Southeast Waffle Co. will offer specials on Friday to cyclists who show their helmet.
After a week of riding, cyclists can sit back and relax at the Bicycle Film Festival at the Silverbow. "Breaking Away" will be shown on May 14 at 8 p.m. and "Roam" will be shown on May 15 at 8 p.m.
For more information about Bike to Work Week and Freewheelers, visit juneaufreewheelers.com.