Staunton: Celebrate Bike & Walk to Work Day May 18

staunton virginiaStaunton will commemorate Bike & Walk to Work Day on Friday, May 18 with a commuter breakfast and celebration. The event will be held from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. on the Johnson Street side of the Wharf Parking Lot.

Walking and biking commuters are encouraged to stop by for coffee and a light breakfast and enjoy music, gear giveaways and free bike maintenance. Participants can log their commutes online or at the commuter breakfast and win prizes.

Bike & Walk to Work Day highlights the advantages of walking and biking to work, which include adding physical activity to the day, saving money and wear and tear on cars, and helping participants feel more connected to their communities.

“May weather provides the perfect inspiration to try a walking or biking commute for the first time, or get back into a warm weather commuting habit,” said Rodney Rhodes, senior planner for the City and an organizer of the event. “We hope the event will raise awareness and inspire more people to embrace walking and biking as valuable transportation options.”

Bike & Walk to Work Day occurs during National Bike Month, which has been celebrated since 1956 and is sponsored by The League of American Bicyclists.

Bicycle and Pedestrian Route Infrastructure Planning

For the last two years, the City has been working on a comprehensive bicycle and pedestrian plan to define a non-motorized transportation network citywide.

A draft bicycle and pedestrian plan is now available to view online and at the Staunton Public Library, and city council will hold a public hearing during its regular meeting on May 24 for residents to share their thoughts on the draft plan. The public may also view proposed bike and pedestrian route maps on the first floor of City Hall.

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