Sunday, May 16, 2010

Starting Tomorrow! Bike to Work Week in Tulsa

Tomorrow kicks off Bike to Work Week here in Tulsa, Oklahoma, a city that's more bike-friendly than you think.

To urge you to trade the gas guzzler for a more traditional, two-piston mode of transportation, the folks over at INCOG's Transportation Department are hosting a bike-friendly event every day this week, complete with drinks, food, prizes and free entertainment. Here's a list of the goings-on.

Monday: Free Pancake Breakfast
When: 6:30-8:30am
Where: First United Methodist Church YFC, 1115 S. Boulder Ave.

Tuesday: After Work Refuel
When: 4:30-6:30pm
Where: Lee's Bicycles, 2nd and Frankfurt (drinks and snacks provided)

Wednesday: Midweek Giveaways
When: 6:30-8:30pm
Where: Samson Plaza, Third and Main (register for prizes and giveaways)

Thursday: Juice Bar
When: 6:30-8:30am
Where: Central Library, Fifth and Denver, South Entrance (juice selections provided)

Friday: Cool Off Party
When: 4:30-6:30pm
Where: Soundpony, 409 N. Main Street (entertainment provided, drinks are on you)

If you'd like to ride your bike to work this week but aren't sure how to do that, here are some trail guides and maps to make your greening experience easier.

While you're at it, consider starting a Commute Tracker account. Signing up will allow you to track your ride daily, weekly and monthly, and it'll even help you find carpool partners and other green ways to get to work and back each day.

Another tidbit from the INCOG Transportation Department Web site: A few employers in the region have shower facilities available to employees who bike, walk, or run to work. But what can you do if you'd like to try commuting another way, but there are no showers in your building? First United Methodist Church in downtown Tulsa is offering a solution - buy a monthly ($10), quarterly ($25), or annual ($75) shower pass, and you can use the Youth and Family Center (11th and Main) showers on your way to work. Just contact Joy Hancock for more information.

See you on the trails.

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