East Hartford, CT (July 19th, 2012) – Bike Walk Connecticut, Pratt & Whitney, Goodwin College, and Healthy East Hartford are taking the lead to encourage bike commuting. They will be joined by co-sponsors Healthy Gears, American Eagle Federal Credit Union, and Bicycles East to bring you a breakfast social for bicycle commuters on Thursday, July 19th. Bike commuting reduces vehicle traffic, avoids pollution, saves gas and is the healthy way to travel! According to CT Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Dan Esty, “Cycling is a healthy, cheap, and environmentally friendly alternative to driving to work. Any day that begins with a bike ride is a good day!”
Join us in East Hartford for a Bike to Work Breakfast
When: Thursday, July 19th, 6:30AM-9:00AM
Location: 351 Main Street, East Hartford, CT
(across the street from Pratt & Whitney)
East Hartford Mayor Marcia Leclerc will be speaking at the event at 7:45AM. Mayor Leclerc says, “I am pleased to join Bike Walk Connecticut and all the sponsors and riders in the East Hartford Bike to Work Day. This event serves to encourage more people to commute by bicycle and to promote a healthier lifestyle. The mission of Healthy East Hartford is to reduce childhood obesity and there is no better example to our children than to see adults who participate in an active lifestyle.”
Tips for those planning to give biking to work a try:
Sponsors: The statewide Bike to Work 2012 program is sponsored by generous donations from Patagonia and United Health Care and is organized by Bike Walk Connecticut. The local East Hartford Bike to Work sponsors are Pratt & Whitney and their HealthTime® Employee Wellness program, Goodwin College, Healthy Gears, American Eagle Federal Credit Union, Bicycles East, and Healthy East Hartford.
Thanks to our local East Hartford sponsors we’ll have a hearty breakfast of bagels, fruits, juice, and coffee. There will be free Bike to Work water bottles, safety strobe lights, and a chance at some bicycle raffle items. Don’t forget to sign in and pick up your “I biked to work today” sticker.
The event will take place rain or shine. In case of severe weather, consider your personal safety first. All participants bike at your own risk and should wear a helmet. Riders are responsible for determining their own health status.
About Bike Walk Connecticut: Bike Walk Connecticut is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization dedicated to making bicycling and walking safe, feasible and attractive for a healthier, cleaner Connecticut. Visit us at www.bikewalkct.org.
About Pratt & Whitney: Pratt & Whitney, a United Technologies Corp. company (NYSE:UTX), is a world leader in the design, manufacture and service of aircraft engines, industrial gas turbines and space propulsion systems. Visit us at www.pw.utc.com.
About Goodwin College: Goodwin College, founded in 1999, is Connecticut’s fastest growing college. The college graduates hundreds of career-ready students each year in fields that include nursing, business, and environmental science.
About Healthy Gears: Healthy Gears is a Connecticut based company dedicated to improving the health of its participants. Visit us at www.healthygears.com.
About American Eagle FCU: American Eagle FCU is currently the largest community credit union in Connecticut. The Credit Union operates 17 branches in Central Connecticut. Visit us at www.americaneagle.org.
About Healthy East Hartford: The East Hartford YMCA has been awarded a grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, as part of their Pioneering Healthier Communities initiative. Together the YMCA and the Town of East Hartford will work collaboratively with community leaders to reduce childhood obesity.
About Bicycles East: Your bike commuter friendly local bike shop in Glastonbury, CT. We carry lights, racks, and commute ready bicycles. Visit us at www.bicycleseast.com.
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