MAY 16, 2012. PHILADELPHIA, PA. Mayor Michael Nutter will join the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia, other dignitaries, and members of the public for National Bike to Work Day on Friday, May 18th. The Mayor will lead a morning bike ride from Lloyd Hall to Love Park via the Ben Franklin Parkway in honor of the day.
Philadelphia has the highest rate of bicycle commuting, per capita, of any large American city, a fact Alex Doty, Executive Director of the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia, says is not a coincidence. "Philadelphia is a great city for bike commuting because of our grid and lack of severe hills. Bike to Work Day is about illustrating that biking to work is a viable transportation option, as well as one that saves money and improves health."
This year, the Bicycle Coalition is organizing Bike to Work Day in conjunction with the Philadelphia Parks and Recreation Department. "Bike to Work Day is a natural addition to Love Your Park Week, as bicycles are a great way for Philadelphia residents and visitors to explore our city's parks," says Deputy Mayor Michael DiBerardinis. "The new bicycle rental locations, one of which is right there at Lloyd Hall, will further open up Philadelphia's parks to exploration on two wheels."
The ride is free and open to the public. Participants will gather starting at 7:30 AM in front of Lloyd Hall. Mayor Nutter and other dignitaries will join the riders at 8:15 AM and all bicyclists will depart at 8:30 AM. The ride will end at Love Park at 8:50 AM, at which point there will be a short press conference.
Press conference speakers will include Mayor Michael Nutter; Deputy Mayor Michael DiBerardinis; Alex Doty, Executive Director of the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia. This is the fifth year in a row Mayor Nutter has ridden in Bike to Work Day.
Other participants in the event include Councilwoman Maria D. Quiñones-Sánchez, Councilman Mark Squilla, and Deputy Mayor Rina Cutler.
Photo opportunities will be present at Lloyd Hall from 7:30 - 8:30 AM, along the bike route, and at Love Park at 8:50 AM.