June 20-24 is Active Commute Week here in Grand Rapids!
Active Commute Week GR is motivating commuters to break out of the transportation rut and try a new way to get to work. Mix up your morning commute by taking the bus, carpooling with friends, riding your bike, walking, or even longboarding or rollerblading to the office! You can sign up as an individual or get your whole workplace involved and form a team. Log your time and distances for alternate commutes all week long, and prizes will be awarded to the top individuals and teams.
On Friday, June 24, from 7-9pm, bike trains will be led by experienced bicycle commuters from around the Grand Rapids area to Monument Park downtown. Pit Stops along these routes will offer refreshments and drawings for prizes for active commuters.
KCPF is hosting our own Pit Stop at the corner of Fulton and Valley by the John Ball Zoo. Be sure to visit us on the “Wild Westside” for refreshments and some prize drawings. We're the only Pit Stop on the West Bike Train!
At the end of the week, join everyone for drinks at the wrap-up party, Handlebar Happy Hour, at Long Road Distillers from 4:30-7:30pm. Prizes will be given to the individuals and teams who logged the most time and farthest distances, and door prizes will also be drawn for.
Active commutes don’t just have to be to and from work or school. Anywhere you’d normally drive—the grocery store, bank, salon, etc.—take an alternate transportation and log it.
Alternate commutes get our bodies moving and are good for our environment as they help reduce carbon emissions. This is especially important in the summer, and be sure to watch for Clean Air Action Days this season to help lower air pollution.