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West Lafayette Bicycle and Pedestrian Committee

West Lafayette Bicycle and Pedestrian Committee

"Improving West Lafayette, Indiana for Bicyclists and Pedestrians"

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Celebrating Bike To Work Day 2011

Attendees at 2011 Bike To Work Day Rally
Some of the crowd await the start of activities at Bike to Work Day Rally, May 20, 2011
Food provided at the 2011 Bike To Work Day Rally
Wonderfull food provided by Peaceful Greens at the 2011 Bike to Work Day Rally

Participants were thankful for a beautiful cool morning and the rain holding off for the morning for the 2011 Bike To Work Day rally was held on May 20, 2010 at Tapawingo Park in West Lafayette. The event started at 7:30 am and lasted until approximately 8:00 am, with approximately 50 people were in attendance. Others were there in a spirit of support only as they sped to work on their bicycles or walked to work that morning.

Tasty and healthy granola and muffins were sold at reduced prices by Peaceful Greens, another Lafayette Downtown business (219 Main Street).

Bill Arthur
Bill Arthur emcess the 2011 Bike To Work Day Rally
Mayors read the Proclamation of Bike To Work Day Rally
West Lafayette Mayor John Dennis (left) and Lafayette Mayor Tony Roswarski (right) share the reading of the Bike to Work Day proclamation.

Bill Arthur, co-chair of the event, Alcoa employee, bicycle communting enthusiast and participant in the WL Bike-Ped committe, served as emcee. Bill started with a brief introduction of the event, then he announced the agenda and thanked those who helped sponsor and organize it,

City Mayors John Dennis and Tony Rosworski shared the microphone in the reading of the Mayoral proclamation of May 20, 2001 to be Bike to Work day.

Purdue University President France Córdova
Purdue University President France Córdova speaks at the Bike To Work Day Rally

After the reading of the proclamation Bill introduced State Representative Randy Truitt who made comments in support of bicycling and talked about the efforts in the state legislature to help cyclists. Then Bill introduced Purdue University President France Córdova who talked about Purdue's vision to be a more bicycle-friendly campus. Then the microphone was handed to Curt Ashendel, Chair of the West Lafayette Bicycle and Pedestrian Committee, who spoke about the importance of increasing the numbers of bicycle and pedestrian commuters and using non-motorized transportation for purposeful travel.

Those present registered, which also signed them up for a raffle drawing for several very nice courier shoulder packs provided by Bicycle Indiana. The raffle drawing ended the event. And with that, everyone rode off to work.

This event was co-organized by the West Lafayette Bicyle and Pedestrian Committee and the Wabash River Cycle Club

A special thanks go to the event sponsors:

  • Clarian Arnett for poster design and printing
  • Alcoa (thanks to Brad Blomberg, Plant Manager) for funds that helped pay for the refreshments
  • Bicycle Indiana for the raffle prizes

Also, we greatly appreciate the efforts of those who helped make this event possible:

  • Co-chairs Bill Arthur, Pat Boling, and Andy Hirsch
  • Mayors Dennis and Roswarski for their proclamation
  • Betina Cochran in Mayor Dennis' office and Mary Alyce Bolinger in Mayor Roswarski's office for their help with the proclamation and publicity
  • Carl Griffin for obtaining sponsorship by Clarian Arnett and shepherding the poster production
  • Stewart Frescas for posting the posters around town and campus
  • Greater Lafayette Chamber of Commerce helped by providing the PA system (thank you Erin Nelson!)
  • West Lafayette Parks Dept provided the nice location

2010 Bike to work day

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