Pioneer Valley
Planning Commission

Eric Carle Museum, Amherst, MA
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Press Release

CONTACT: Andrew Smith, PVPC Land Use Planner, Phone: 1 (413) 781-6045
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 2, 2007

Bike Commute Week Schedule for May 12-20, 2007

Pioneer Valley citizens can leave the car keys at home and bike to work, school, or the grocery store during the Pioneer Valley’s eighth annual Bike Commute Week, May 12–20. This collaborative effort of the Pioneer Valley Planning Commission, MassBike Pioneer Valley, MassHighway, community volunteers, and business and civic organizations encourages Pioneer Valley residents to commute by bicycle to work, to school, and for short trips in their communities.

Ten communities will host free breakfasts for bicycle commuters: Amherst, Deerfield, Chicopee, Easthampton, Greenfield, Hadley, Holyoke, Northampton, West Springfield, and Westfield. Commuters who register at a community's official site will be offered a breakfast of coffee, baked goods, fruit, and juice. Bike maps of the Pioneer Valley, Bike Commute Week t-shirts, and bike information will also be available. This year will also feature a raffle of a 21-speed commuter bike donated by Don Podolski of New Horizons Sports in Westfield.

Other activities and events during the week include a regional trail dedication ceremony, a guided tour of edible plants on regional bike trails, bicycle tours of the region’s landscape, rides to honor bicyclists injured in traffic-related accidents, and free bicycle tuning where available. Bike-themed film festivals will be held in Amherst and Northampton.

For details about community breakfast sites, scheduled activities and events, and information about bike commuting, visit the Pioneer Valley Bike Week website, or contact Andrew Smith, Bike Commute Week Regional Coordinator, at (413) 781-6045 or by e-mail at asmith@pvpc.org.

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