Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Updated: Keweenaw Bike2Work Day is Friday, May 18

HANCOCK -- "Be Safe, Be Seen" is the theme for this year's Keweenaw Bike2Work Day -- this Friday, May 18. This is the 5th annual celebration of safe bicycle commuting in Houghton, Hancock, Calumet, Lake Linden and neighboring communities.

Hancock City Councilor John Slivon, left, and his wife, Ann Pace, who both helped coordinate the first Hancock Bike to Work Day in 2010, help cyclists register at the 2011 Bike to Work Hancock bike station. Look for them again this year across from Dave's service station in Hancock. Bikers register, receive a free water bottle, fresh fruit and home-made snacks. (Keweenaw Now file photo)

Cyclists and pedestrians are encouraged to wear bright clothing and obey traffic rules. Motorists are encouraged to watch for non-motorized vehicles and to share the road. Motorists should take extra care in school zones as many local schools are having bike and walk to school events that day as part of their Safe Routes to Schools programs.
Lake Linden is a new addition this year. Volunteers are organizing a snack stop in each location in the morning and afternoon and a Bike Repair Booth in the afternoon in Houghton, Hancock and Calumet.

"We encourage cycling and other community groups to adopt/run either a Snack Stop or Bike Repair Booth for an entire period or day," said Ann West of the Houghton Walking and Biking Committee. "In the past we’ve had great support from the Trailseekers, Red Jacket, C4, and  Trekkers clubs."

During the 2011 Bike to Work Day, volunteer Bob Drake checks Rita Lederle's bike for safety at the Houghton bike station. Drake will again volunteer at the Houghton bike station this year. The safety check at the bike stations included brakes, steering and reflectors. Lederle, center, who biked from Hancock to Houghton, is pictured with Chris DeDene of Houghton. (Keweenaw Now file photo)

The morning snack stops are open from 6:30 a.m. to 9 a.m., and the afternoon snacks are served from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. in the following locations:

Houghton -- Waterfront Trail near the Ambassador Restaurant. Also includes an afternoon Bike Repair Booth.

Hancock -- U.S. 41 across from Dave’s service station. Also includes an afternoon Bike Repair Booth. Update: John Slivon could use a volunteer to help at this bike station from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Friday. Please email him at if you can help.

Calumet -- Oak St. outside Cross Country Sports. Also includes Bike Repair.

Lake Linden -- Lake Linden Park. 

Lorri Oikarinen is pictured here at the Calumet High School Bike to Work station during last year's Bike to Work Day. This year the Calumet bike station will be at Cross Country Sports, where Lorri is co-owner with her husband, Rick Oikarinen. (File photo © 2011 and courtesy Crissy Gerhart)

Register for prizes!

If you plan to take at least one trip to work, school or errands by cycling, walking, or other human-powered mode in Houghton County or Keweenaw County on Friday, May 18, 2012, or, if you cannot do so on May 18 but plan to do your non-motorized commute sometime between now and May 25, please register by clicking here and answering a short survey. You may also register at a Keweenaw Bike2Work Day snack station in Calumet, Lake Linden, Hancock or Houghton during your morning or evening commute on May 18, to be entered in a drawing for prizes donated by local businesses.

Your name will be used for the raffle only. If you don't wish to give your name, you may still complete other questions to help us get an accurate count of participants. Your address may be used for bike route planning purposes. If you would rather not divulge your address, please consider giving the name of your street or a nearby location. Your email address may be used only with your permission to contact you about cycling and pedestrian issues. You are not required to give your phone number or email.

None of your personal information will be shared for ANY reason, unless you allow agents of the Houghton Bike/Pedestrian Committee or Western U.P. Health Department to contact you about pedestrian and cycling advocacy and planning issues, or about the prize drawing.

For more information, call Ray Sharp at the health department at 482-7382.

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