free valet bike parking at Durham Earth Day

If you bike to Durham’s 2009 Earth Day celebration this weekend, BPAC promises to treat you kindly. Says member Steve Saltzman…

For those of you coming to Earth Day this Saturday, please ride your bicycles.

Durham’s Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Commission is offering a free bike valet service so you won’t have to carry a lock or worry about your bike being stolen. To the best of my knowledge, it is the first time this service has been offered in the Triangle.

Maybe not as kindly as Dave Wofford offers to treat cyclists dropping in the Bull City Arts Collaborative on a Third Friday, but hey, we cyclists are happy to turn the tables on our city’s proclivity to subsidize the automobile with free parking, even if only for a day.

I wonder if we know the real cost of providing this free valet service…

PARTICIPANTS CAN BIKE TO EARTH DAY THIS YEAR

Give your car the day off and use the bike valet service

Durham, NC:  Getting to Durham’s Earth Day Festival just got easier! Participants can give their car the day off by taking advantage of the bike valet service that will be offered by Durham’s Bicycle & Pedestrian Advisory Commission (DBPAC). The Earth Day Festival will be held on Saturday, April 25 at the CCB Plaza (201 Corcoran Street) and Historic Parrish Street from 12 noon – 5 p.m.

One of the many components of the festival this year is active and green transportation. Participants who wish to pedal to and from the festival can secure their bike at the SunTrust building at the intersection of Main and Corcoran.

Bikers who use the American Tobacco Trail can ride up to the trailhead at the Durham Bulls Athletic Park, and continue a few blocks north into downtown. Streets will be closed to cars. The bike valet service is free and is a great way to travel to Earth Day. All bikes will be kept secure and must be claimed by 5 p.m.

For more information contact Ken Kaye of the Durham Bicycle & Pedestrian Advisory Commission at (919) 483-0749 (kkaye@nc.rr.com) or Cynthia Booth at (919) 560-4355 (cynthia.booth@durhamnc.gov). To learn about additional Earth Day activities, visit www.durhamearthday.org.

About Durham Parks and Recreation

Durham Parks and Recreation provides opportunities for the Durham community to “Play More.” The department strives to help citizens discover, explore and enjoy life through creative and challenging recreational choices that contribute to their physical, emotional and social health. For more information call (919) 560-4355.

About Durham’s Bicycle & Pedestrian Advisory Commission

Durham’s Bicycle & Pedestrian Advisory Commission was designed to develop ways to make walking and biking around Durham safe and easy. Visit www.bikewalkdurham.org to learn more.


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