BTW Pledge Update: Yale Makes Big Splash; Fairfield Residents and Others Urged to Give "60 Mile Commuter" a Break
Although weather reports cannot seem to settle on sunshine, rain, or locusts for Friday, Connecticut residents have read the excuse of 'It Might Rain" from Bike Walk Connecticut's list of top ten excuses for not biking to work and the pledges have jumped past 470.
Yale, which is in the same city that is having a Bike to Work Day event at Pitkin Plaza (beginning at 7:30a.m. on May 16 - check event list for more details), has popped onto the top ten organizations literally overnight - which is a reminder to all the leaders not to take anything for granted and remind employees to take the pledge to ride to work May 16 - and a reminder to businesses who haven't yet participated that they can still take part in this statewide effort.
In other news, while more towns have entered the tallies we want to put a face on the town of Fairfield in response to a comment on Fairfield Patch's event page. The anonymous commenter indicated that a "60 mile one-way commute" is forcing him or her to pass on Bike to Work Day.
We at Bike Walk Connecticut freely acknowledge that sixty miles one way is just too much to ride for some. But in the spirit of sharing the road, we remind Fairfield residents - as well as the residents of other towns - that if they pick up a set of handlebars instead of a set of car keys on the morning of the 16th, they will be giving more space on the roads for drivers who can't ride. This is the 'win win' scenario outlined in a letter to the editor just published in the Hartford Courant. So if you can ride or walk to work on the 16th, think about the help you'll be providing for those who can't do either and take the pledge!
In other news, residents who complete the Bike to Work pledge are reminded put the name of their town on the form. If it is left blank, Bike Walk Connecticut will assume you are riding to work from another dimension and are therefore not eligible for the prize drawings.
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