Bike to Work Day to be held May 15

The monthly Dump the Pump Bicycle Commute will be held on Friday, May 15, to coincide with National Bike to Work Day. City of Savannah leaders will join residents and members of the Savannah Bicycle Campaign for the event, which will be followed by a news conference detailing results of the City’s Bicycle Friendly Community application.

The convoy will depart at 8 a.m. from two locations — the Habersham Village Shopping Center (Habersham and 61st streets) and Baldwin Park (Atlantic and 41st streets) — joining together at Habersham and 41st for the ride downtown.

The convoy heads north on the Lincoln Street Bicycle Lane and finishes at Davant Park, on the south end of Colonial Cemetery, with free coffee and eats provided by Jittery Joe’s. City leaders and members of the Bicycle Campaign will then outline key findings of a study that explored Savannah’s bicycling infrastructure and behaviors.

The bicycle commute will be led by experienced riders from the Savannah Bicycle Campaign.

The public is invited to join in the convoy, or commute via bicycle on their own.

National Bike to Work Day is an annual event intended to encourage commuters to leave their cars at home for the day and try bicycling to work instead. Doing so saves gas and parking costs, cuts down on traffic and parking congestion, helps reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and promotes good health.

The event is part of Savannah’s Dump the Pump series, sponsored by the Savannah Bicycle Campaign, the City of Savannah, the Savannah Development and Renewal Authority, Coastal Commuters, Chatham Area Transit, and the Pedestrian Advocates of the Coastal Empire.

For more information, contact the Public Information Office at 651-6410.

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