Durham's Bike-to-Work Day Press Release

For Immediate Release
Bike to Work Day, Tuesday May 19 (Events April 22) Date: May 9, 1997
Contact: Dilip K. Barman / Beth Timson
Phone: (919)254-0246 / 560-4137x235
Fax: (919)560-4641

Durham, North Carolina The Bicycle Committee of the Durham Open Spaces and Trails Commission is inviting commuters from all over Durham and the Triangle to ride their bicycles to work Tuesday May 19th as part of the National Bicycle Month celebration. Some area companies are inducing commuters with continental breakfasts and recognition.

In preparation of the event, at 8:30 A.M. on Wednesday April 22nd at the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) in RTP, a representative of the mayor will be proclaiming May 19 to be Bike to Work Day in Durham. The bicycle committee will discuss currently planned bicycle projects and suggest ways employers can encourage bicycle commuting. Breakfast will be served. The public is invited and encouraged to come whether by bicycle, public transportation, or car.

Bike to Work Day is part of a national effort, endorsed by the U.S. Department of Transportation, to highlight the benefits of bicycling, and to prove to people that it is feasible to leave the car at home for some journeys. The campaign is being promoted by the League of American Bicyclists the national organization of bicyclists founded in 1880 to advance and defend the rights and interests of cyclists.

"We've been celebrating Bike to Work Day in Durham for some years," explained Dilip Barman of the Bicycle Committee, "and we are excited to again be partnering with an organization that encourages their employees to bicycle commute. We hope that more people will consider bicycle commuting, and that road conditions are improved with bicycles in mind." Mr. Barman encouraged bicyclists to wear helmets at all times while riding.

Directions to NIEHS

NIEHS is located at 111 T.W. Alexander Dr, RTP, NC 27709, and the contact is Dick Sloane at 541-2947. From Cary, take Davis Drive north, turn left on Hopson Rd, and find NIEHS on the right. Otherwise, from routes 54 or the Durham Freeway in RTP, take Alexander Drive south; NIEHS is on the left about a mile south of 54.

Background Information

Last year's press release is also available