Athens County Residents Encouraged to Ride Their Bicycle to Work on National Bike to Work Day, Friday May 17, 2019
Get pumped! and ride your bike to work on National Bike to Work Day, Friday, May 17, 2019. This free event to celebrate the occasion is again planned for Athens County this year, organized by Ohio University Office of Sustainability, OU Transportation and Parking Services, OU Police Department, OU WellWorks, HAPCAP, Athens Public Transit, City of Athens, Athens Bicycle Club, Black Diamond Bikes, Athens Bicycle, and Nelsonville Bicycle and Pedestrian Committee, with support from various local businesses.
Bicyclists of all skill levels are welcome to participate and give bicycling to work a try on National Bike to Work Day. We will have pit stop locations around the city of Athens and for the first time, a pitstop in the city of Nelsonville. Bike commuters are encouraged to stop by one or more pit stops on Friday morning, May 17, from 7:30-9:30 am for free coffee, snacks, and to sign up for free raffle prizes from local businesses. Representatives from local bike shops will be at several of the pit stops to answer bike-related questions.
Pit stops will be available at the following locations:
- Hockhocking Adena Bikeway at the Mill St connector (at mile marker 1)
- Hockhocking Adena Bikeway at the Habitat House near W. Union St
- Uptown Athens at the Athens County Courthouse
- Ohio University at the corner of Richland Ave and S. Green St, near Peden Stadium
- Nelsonville pitstop at Rocky Boots parking lot, at the end of Hockhocking Adena Bikeway
Athens Bike to Work Day will be capped off with a Happy Hour celebration at Little Fish Brewery beginning at 5:00 pm.
“The Hockhocking Adena Bikeway is one of my favorite things about Athens County,” said Annie Laurie Cadmus, engagement and marketing coordinator for WellWorks. Cadmus, a resident of Nelsonville, stresses that the Bikeway is a safe way to engage in active commuting. “There are plenty of Park and Pedal lots along the Bikeway to help people who live far away but still want to bike or run into work the last few miles.”
Every bit of exercise you can fit into your schedule can help improve your health and activity levels, and bike commuting is a great way to do that.
If you live too far from work to bike commute, then you should consider driving part way, parking your car at a convenient location, unloading your bike, and riding the rest of the way to work. Numerous parking lots available are along the Hockhocking Adena Bikeway and around Athens County. A commuter can place a bicycle in or on their vehicle, park the vehicle in a designated lot and then bike the remainder of the commute safely and comfortably. The Bike to Work Day map includes recommended park & ride locations.
Morning Pit Stops: Refreshments, Support & Raffle Sign-Ups
When: 7:30 am – 9:30 am, Friday, May 17th, 2019
Where: Four pit stop locations will be set up around the City of Athens and one pit stop in the City of Nelsonville
Bike to Work Day Celebration! Happy Hour
When: 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm, Friday, May 17th, 2019
Where: Little Fish Brewing, Armitage Rd., Athens
Drinks and food at the Happy Hour event will be at participants own expense