Group Hosts Seminar Touting Bikes for Commuting
COLUMBIA- Advocates for bicycling in Columbia gathered at lunchtime Wednesday to promote its Way to Go to Work Month, an effort to get commuters to use their bikes rather than their cars to get to work. Michelle Windmoeller, Director of Communications of the Pednet Coalition, presented information to bike riders at the event. The information included tips such as what shoes to wear, fender information, reflector information, and what locks to use.
Noah Medeling of Columbia rides has been riding his bike to work almost every day for about 3 years. He said the brown bag lunch seminar is great for bikers.
"I agree with what the speaker said today about people not adjusting their bikes to their needs," said Medeling, "People won't ride as often if they don't adjust it so that information is useful."
GetAbout Columbia handed out free items to accessorize their bikes such as lights, reflectors and bike maps. People ate free lunch while listening to the presentation. Windmoeller talked about Missouri bike laws as well. She explained how the law requires all bikes to have a light in the front and reflector in the back at night. She also talked about some of the benefits of riding your bike to work.
"I love to ride my bike to work because it saves my family money, it's a great way to get in some exercise, and it makes me feel really good," said Windmoeller.
"Way to Go to Work" has been put on the past couple of years and at least 50 people this month are taking part. The program is holding several events this month encouraging people to "GetAbout Columbia" any way they can--besides their car. One of those events was "Commuter Kuddos" where GetAbout Columbia handed out prizes to people who rode their bikes or walked to work.
"It's been a great thing for our city and we helped out city be more healthy with this program," said Windmoeller.
This program will be put on again next year.