TODAY (Friday, May 17) is Green Your Commute Day in Downtown Albany, a celebration of alternative transportation. Commuters and residents are invited to celebrate your environmentally-friendly means of commuting to work in Tricentennial Park from 11:00am – 2:00pm. Broadway Bicycle Co. and Plaine and Son will be on hand to offer free safety checks, pump air in tires, hand out prizes to all GYCD participants, and lead a lunchtime ride at 12 noon for all interested in taking advantage of the beautiful weather.
Green Your Commute Day brings together for the first time a collaboration of state agencies with the Albany Parking Authority; Downtown Albany Business Improvement District (BID); vRide; Capital District Transportation Authority (CDTA); Capital District Transportation Committee (CDTC) and Broadway Bicycle Co. & Plaine and Son. The event coincides with nationally recognized Annual Bike to Work Day, which encourages bicycle commuting as an environmentally friendly transportation alternative.
DEC Commissioner Martens will be among the cyclists riding their bikes to work. He will be greeting DEC participants as they arrive to work on their bikes. “Green Your Commute Day is designed to bring awareness to the environmental, financial and health benefits of alternative transportation for those who work downtown and throughout the Capital District,” said DEC Commissioner Joe Martens. “If you choose to walk, ride a bike, car pool or take a bus to work, you reduce your consumption of non-renewable fossil fuels, air pollution and traffic congestion. The amount of exercise you can get and the money you will save on fuel and auto maintenance is a good reason to join the crowd this Friday to show your support for ‘green’ commuting!”
“We are thrilled to co-sponsor ‘Green Your Commute Day’ and equip bicycle commuters with everything they might need for a safe ride to and from home,” said Heather Rizzi, manager of Broadway Bicycle Co. (Albany) and Plaine and Son (Schenectady). “Cycling offers many benefits, including a healthy, low-impact, outdoor recreational lifestyle; a tool to combat stress and expanding waistlines and a way to save money and reduce the ‘pain at the pump,’ especially for short trips.”
Everyone who walks, bikes, carpools, or takes the bus to work in downtown Albany on Friday will be eligible to enter a raffle to win restaurant gift certificates, movie tickets for the Palace Theatre, and other fun items donated by the Downtown Albany BID, CDTA, CDTC and the Albany Parking Authority.
To learn more about how you can “green your commute” in the Capital Region visit Capital Moves. If you are interested in bicycling safety information don’t forget to check out Capital Coexist. And visit our tables at Tricentennial Park!