Biking Shorts - October 21, 2012
By Barbara Schmid
Riding a bicycle for transportation is a growing trend in the U.S., according to a recent report (see below). Yet our transportation system is still designed with cars as king.
Want to see what some cities have done to get more people on bikes?
Come to GGRBC’s second Annual Meeting! It’s Wednesday, October 24 at 40 Monroe Center NW, at the corner of Monroe Center and Division in the Hayworth/Interphase community space. Doors open at 5:30 and the program begins at 6 p.m.
Our guest speaker is Lee Hardy, a professor at Calvin College, who rode his bike last summer in Amsterdam and Copenhagen to study their enviable transportation models that support cyclists. Hardy spoke with city officials, bicycle advocates and urban riders. He also took lots of photos.
If you’ve never been to either of these two cities, you’re in for a treat. It’s amazing to see how huge the cycling culture is there. Parking decks, four stories high, are filled with bicycles, not cars! Bikes are locked to every feasible structure. People are riding in dedicated bike lanes along streets as busy as New York City. It’s jaw-dropping incredible.
Our Annual Meeting is also your opportunity to eat delicious soups, mingle with other cyclists and hear about the work of the Coalition. We will also be announcing our first “Community Champion Award” winner.
RSVP, if you’d like, at our Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/150976365045875/
We hope to see you there!
This is from People for Bikes:
“Every year, the U.S. Census Bureau estimates the share of Americans who bike to work. Although the survey only counts people as bike commuters if they ride to work the majority of days (among other restrictions), it's the best way to track the growth of bicycling to work. The League of American Bicyclists crunched the latest survey data and found that bike commuting rose slightly (though not significantly), from 0.53% in 2010 to 0.56% in 2011.
Since 2000, bike commuting grew 47% on average in the U.S. It fared even better in large cities, where it increased 73% on average.”
GGRBC Now Has Office Space
Like many young non-profit organizations, GGRBC has taken advantage of our telecommuting world. We are happy to announce that we also now have a place to call home.
Our office space is on located on the second floor in Monroe Bevy at 40 Monroe Center in downtown Grand Rapids. It gives staff, board members and volunteers a centralized location to hold meetings, work with interns and handle the daily task of running an active non-profit. There’s even a bike rack right outside our front door!
We are extremely grateful to WMEAC for allowing GGRBC to use their conference room the past two years for our monthly board meetings. They have been a generous supporter of GGRBC and we enjoyed meeting in their beautiful space.
Thank you WMEAC!