City, REI will welcome bike commuters at free barbecue

May 28, 2009

By Staff

NEW — 6 a.m. May 28, 2009

Bicycle commuters are invited to a barbecue Friday as the city marks the end of national Bike to Work Month. REI will host the first-ever Cycle Commuter Appreciation Barbeque at Pickering Barn, 1730 10th Ave. N.W., from 3-6 p.m. Enjoy free food, meet fellow bicycle commuters and enter to win prizes.

During Bike to Work Month, city officials promoted bicycle commuting as a form of exercise and a way to reduce traffic congestion and reduce carbon emissions. Officials also put forth a City-to-City Bike Challenge to all cities in King County.

The purpose of the challenge is to reduce the region’s carbon footprint, support a healthy workforce, reduce traffic congestion and demonstrate the capacity of non-motorized transportation, according to a city news release.

Officials hope to increase Bike to Work Month participation as much as possible, as measured by total employee bicycle commute trips for each participating city. In addition to Issaquah, cities such as Snoqualmie, Kent and Bellevue are participating.

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