Bike to Work Day on Thursday

The National Trust for the Cayman
Islands, along with the Cayman Islands Cycling Association, is promoting
Thursday 29 April as Bike to Work Day.

The event forms part of the Earth
Month festivities that have been ongoing throughout April and is aimed at
raising awareness about the role the bicycle can play in finding a sustainable
transport solution for the Cayman Islands.

The National Trust and Cycling
Association are urging people to leave their cars at home for the day and ride
their bicycles to work. It is also hoped that the event will raise awareness
about the provisions that need to be made to create a more bicycle commuting
friendly environment, including the provision of bike racks and shower
facilities at offices around the Island.

According to Frank Balderamos,
general manager of the National Trust, the organisation appreciates the efforts
of the Cycling Association.

“There are numerous initiatives
ongoing in Cayman for ‘Going Green’ and it certainly helps organisations such
as the Trust when the general public are making themselves aware of the issues
and are taking action. We applaud the efforts of the Cycling Association and
their partners,” he said.

“The important thing is that if
everyone does their small part it will make a difference,” continued Mr.
Balderamos.

The Cycling Association reminds all
cyclists to follow the rules of the road and wear a helmet for safety. The use
of lights on the front and rear of a bicycle is also strongly recommended in
order to improve visibility.

“The bicycle is still the most
environmentally responsible mode of transport, other than walking,” said Steve
Abbott, president of the Cycling Association.

“With good weather all year round,
as well as short commuting distances for most people, bicycle commuting could
do much to alleviate congestion on Cayman’s roads,” continued Mr. Abbott.

The Cycling Association would like
to see more people take up the option of commuting to work regularly. The organisers
are also urging other road users to be mindful of cyclists on the road, not
just on bike to work day but every day.

For more information please call
749-1121.

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People are being urged to ride their bicycles to work Thursday.
Photo: Eugene Bonthuys
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  1. I applaud the National Trust for the Cayman Islands and the Cayman Islands Cycling Association for their commendable efforts in promoting Thursday 29 April as “Bike to Work Day.”

    Cycling is very environmentally friendly and provides an economical means of getting around.

    If many people would leave their cars at home and ride to work, there would be less vehicular congestion on the roads. Bikers would also benefit from the economy of so doing and profit from the exercise that cycling offers.

    In Europe, across America, and even in heavily traffic congested New York City, which has the best public transportation system in the world, many people rather ride than drive.

    Cayman is most conducive to cyclists because of the tropical weather year-round and relatively short commuting distances.

    It is hoped that many commuters will seriously consider riding instead of driving and enjoy the great benefits of doing so.

    GEOFF DANIELS

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