This is the second bike/walk to work day I have participated in. We moved our office from WRJ to Wilder since the last time I rode to work. The forecast predicted rain but I went anyway.
This time I was able to go through Hanover and go to one of the event breakfast stops. The Hanover location was the Black Senior and Community Center. There were a dozen or so bikers and walkers around when I showed up at 7:30. It started taining again about that time too. (what else is new!)
A photographer from the Valley News took my picture and asked a few questions. She is the in the photo above talking to a few other bikers. They had free T-shirts, pedometers and blinking bike lights inside for event participants. There were bagels, juice, fruit and coffee for breakfast. I survived the traffic and construction in town and headed across the river. I was able to blow by the usual line of traffic going into Hanover.
Coming home was a different story. It was uphill and in the rain. I appreciate my car just a little more then I did yesterday.
Here are a few event stats from the post-event email from the Upper Valley Trails Alliance.
Thanks to everyone who showed up this morning in spite of the rain and flood
watches! 2006 Upper Valley Bike/Walk to Work Day was another great success. 147
people left their cars at home and signed in at six public biker/walker
breakfasts and several employer-sponsored events in our area, representing a
slight increase from the previous event. We are sure that others participated
but did not stop for breakfast. You all helped reduce fuel consumption, clear
the air, and unclog streets while getting some healthy and invigorating
You also covered some ground 1,702 miles logged! In the process,
you saved 85 gallons of gas (@ 20mpg) and spared the air around 1,649 pounds of
CO2 emissions, according to EPA averages. You accomplished this by bicycling to
work (about 80 percent of you), walking, carpooling or riding the bus, or
combining different forms of transportation, such as bicycling partway to a bus
(20 percent altogether).