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Biking Shorts - April 12, 2013

By Barbara Schmid

Get those bikes dusted off, oiled and tuned! GGRBC has some fun stuff coming down the pike -- just for you!

Active Commute Week, May 13-17, is first up. This is the second year we will be offering an assortment of active transportation events during National Bike to Work Week. The goal is to get everyone out of their gas guzzlers for one day or one week. So let’s get our bodies on the move. It will help our hearts, GR’s air quality, our purses and all the while ratchet up our fun meters.

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Think about committing to the Active Commute Week Challenge. It a friendly competition in which participants track their trips by bike, walking, skateboarding, riding the bus, car pooling, or any other creative way to get around. The competition lasts all week. People track their trips online. Winners are determined by the number of commuter trips. Join as a group at work for team building, camaraderie, incentivizing employee fitness or simply for fun. Or you can compete solo. Sign up and see details at http://acwgr.org/events/full-width/

Also during Active Commute Week, we’ve planned bicycle maintenance and repair workshops with participating bike shops. There will be discussions about bikes as a transportation choice; group rides; and discounts at area bike shops. Look here for locations and times: http://acwgr.org/events/scheduled-rides/

On Friday, May 17, we will once again host Bike to Work Day Pit Stops. Ride your bike in celebration of National Bike to Work Day and enjoy free refreshments and prizes at a more than dozen pit stops around the metro area. Pit stops are open from 7-9 a.m. Check for locations along your planned route at: http://acwgr.org/events/pit-stops/

Also on Friday, the week of fun will conclude with the Active Commute Week Celebration, 5 p.m. at Rosa Parks Circle. This free event will feature local bands, local food vendors, information booths hosted by bike shops and non-profits, and the Active Commute Week Challenge awards presentation at 6 p.m. In partnership with the Grand Rapids Film Festival, the movie “Bicycle Dreams” will be part of the ACW Celebration evening. The outdoor screening is at 9:15 p.m. See the schedule at http://acwgr.org/events/active-commute-celebration/

We’ll keep you abreast of what else is ahead, so keep coming back to this site to stay attuned to the local bicycling scene. Happy riding!

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