On May 16, nineteen riders participated in Cuyahoga Valley National Park’s inaugural Cuyahoga Valley Bike2Work Day! National Park Service and Conservancy for Cuyahoga Valley National Park employees met along the Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail and commuted together to the Boston Store Visitor Center. Superintendent Stan Austin kicked off the discussion on how Cuyahoga Valley can continue Bike2Work with first thanking the park’s Green Team for developing the idea - - specifically, Andrew Bishop and Dennis Hamm. The park’s Green Team, is a multi-disciplinary and multi-partner group which promotes sustainability in the park.
The Bike2Work participants were very enthused and expressed great interest in biking to work again and enjoyed the camaraderie and refreshments and healthy foods provided by Conservancy for Cuyahoga Valley National Park. Superintendent Austin discussed the different barriers staff experience when they are biking to work and what ways staff could overcome these barriers and how can management assist them.
The Bike2Work event was launched in recognition of National Bike to Work Week, a program sponsored by the League of American Bicyclists that supports cycling as a healthy and environmentally friendly alternative form of transportation. Park and partner staff logged 230 miles on Bike2Work day and saved 210 pounds of CO2 from entering the atmosphere.
To promote continued bicycling though the summer, Cuyahoga Valley is encouraging employees to sign up at NationalBikeChallenge.org to log their miles. The website documents dollars saved, calories burned, and CO2 diverted from the atmosphere. Cuyahoga Valley challenges others national parks to compete in NationalBikeChallenge! Employees just need to sign up at the website, indicate their employer, and start logging miles!
For more information about Cuyahoga Valley’s Bike2Work Initiative contact Andrew Bishop at Andrew_bishop@nps.gov.