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Big plans for Bike to Work Week

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The city is encouraging Evanston cyclists to participate in Chicagoland’s Bike to Work Week, beginning Saturday.

“Every time an Evanston resident uses a bike to commute to work,” says the city’s sustainable programs coordinator, Catherine Hurley, “they avoid putting needless pounds of CO2 emissions in the environment from their vehicle.”

Even if you work in downtown Chicago, you are encouraged to ride your bike to the rail station or the nearest bus stop as part of the Bike Commuter Challenge sponsored by the Active Transportation Alliance.

A section of the city’s website is devoted to the many resources provided for bikers, including a downloadable map of Evanston bike routes, bike safety, and more, to help make your biking experience as enjoyable and as safe as possible.

On June 14, the Active Transportation Alliance, with support from the city and Rotary International, will be operating a Bike Pit Stop for bike commuters from 6:30 a.m. to 8 a.m.  at Church Street and Maple Avenue, adjacent to the protected bike lane and the Metra station.

At the Pit Stop, bikers can pick up a goodie bag and an Evanston bicycle map.

A similar pit stop will be available on Wednesday between 3 p.m. and 5 p.m.  on Northwestern University’s campus at the Jacobs Center that will offer a free safety check or lube and air from a bike mechanic.

The city notes that the yearly cost of owning and operating a car is more than $9,000, compared to as little as $120 for a bike.

”With the improvements in health caused by cycling 30 minutes daily,” they contend, “every person can save on average $544 in medical costs annually.”

 

Charles Bartling

A resident of Evanston since 1975, Chuck Bartling holds a master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University and has extensive experience as a reporter and editor for daily newspapers, radio stations and business-oriented magazines.

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