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RIPTA Announces “Bike to Work Week” in Honor of National Bike Month and to Encourage “Greener” Commuting

May 1, 2019

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In recognition of National Bike Month, the Rhode Island Public Transit Authority (RIPTA)’s Commuter Resource RI team is launching its 3RD Annual “Bike to Work Week,” beginning on Monday, May 13 and ending on Bike to Work Day, Friday, May 17, 2019.

Bike to Work Week is a fun and engaging way to encourage people to try the healthy option of “pedal power” for part or all of their commute, rather than relying on automobiles. Choosing to ride a bicycle to work offers many benefits including: saving money, boosting morale and health, reducing traffic congestion and reducing harmful automobile emissions. RIPTA is also reminding the public that biking and taking the bus can be a winning combination for people who want to ride part of the way to work and then take public transportation.  All of RIPTA’s fixed-route buses are equipped with bicycle racks.

This fun weeklong celebration encourages commuters to bike to work as much as possible and members of RIPTA’s Commuter Resource RI (CRRI) team will be there to cheer them on. Our team will be setting up tables at various locations and will have raffle prizes, giveaways and snacks for cyclists.  Look for our team at:

Bike to Work Week Commuter Resource RI Outreach Schedule:

Monday, May 13: Base of the George Washington Bridge, East Providence (6AM-9AM)

Tuesday, May 14: Jewelry District – intersection of Ship & Richmond Streets, Providence (6:30AM-9AM)

Wednesday, May 15: Memorial Park – South Main Street, Providence (6:30AM-9AM)

Thursday, May 16: Providence Amtrak Station (3PM-6:15PM)

Friday, May 17: Bike to Work Day

-Burnside Park, Providence

-Bike Newport at City Hall, Newport

-South Kingstown, parking lot on Railroad Street in Peace Dale (south of All in Acupuncture)

Friday, May 17: Bike to Work Week Closing Party at Black Duck Tavern

Black Duck Tavern, located along the bike path at the base of the George Washington Bridge in East Providence, will be hosting a Bike to Work Week Closing Party from 4:30pm to 6:30pm.  Stop by on your bike and enjoy one complimentary drink to wrap up your Bike to Work Day! Commuter Resource RI staff will be on hand with promotional giveaways and Rack N’ Ride information.

Commuter Resource RI works year round to educate the public about riding RIPTA and other modes of public transportation while also supporting alternatives such as carpools, vanpools, and biking.  Bike to Work Week is also made possible by community sponsors including NBX, Newport Bicycle, Black Duck Tavern, Café La France, Cleverhood, Devine City Cycle and Rebelle Artisan Bagels.

“This will be a fun week that could result in some people changing their commuting habits for the better,” said Barbara Polichetti, RIPTA’s Director of Public Affairs.  “We’re very grateful to have great local sponsors partnering with us, and as always, want to stress that it’s not about  who rides the most miles – it’s about giving bike commuting a try and having some fun in the process.”

Need help planning your commute? Contact our transit specialists at commuter@ripta.com. For more information on Bike to Work Week, please visit TryTransitRI.com.

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