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June 26, 2009 | On June 24, 243 UCAR/NCAR staff showed up for work via alternative transportation, collectively commuting 4,188 miles. Many did so without the help of the internal combustion engine, although they did benefit from a good breakfast.
As part of Bike to Work Day, an annual event sponsored by the Denver Regional Council of Governments, more than 40 Boulder businesses offered free breakfasts and other goodies to thousands of cyclists participating in the event. The UCAR cafeteria also gave $1 credits (paid for by Transportation Services) to staff for each day of walking, biking, or taking public transportation during the week of June 22–26.
“On my way in to Center Green, I stopped at three breakfast stations and could feel the excitement in the air as Boulder employees enjoyed the bright sunny skies and starting off their day with a little exercise,” says Kimberly Kosmenko, UCAR’s sustainability coordinator.
On June 17, UCAR provided staff free bike tune-ups at Foothills Lab. Mechanics from Community Cycles were on site over the lunch hour to tighten, tweak, patch, and lubricate bikes in advance of Bike to Work Day. In two hours, the crew tuned 27 bikes.
Resources for alternative transportation (biking, walking, carpooling, and taking the bus) for UCAR/NCAR staff can be found here.