Bike-to-Work Parade and Festival
Supporting a more bike-able, walk-able and public-transportation-friendly Long Island is the mission of the third Bike-to-Work parade and festival at 9 a.m. on Saturday, April 28, 2018. Sponsored by Car-less Long Island, the event begins on Hofstra University’s North Campus by HofUSA.
Participation is free. Dressing up for the parade of bikes is optional, but prizes will be awarded to the most creatively-dressed riders and impressively-decorated bikes.
“As an environmentalist, I’ve been trying to use alternative transportation methods as much as possible since moving to Long Island in 1998,” said Dr. Sylvia Silberger, associate professor of mathematics and chair of Car-less Long Island. “I’ve been consistently frustrated by how inconvenient and time-consuming it is to use the bus system and how frightening it is to bike.”
“To me alternative transportation issues overlap with several areas. Not only is it more environmentally friendly and healthier, I know many Long Islanders who do not drive for a number of reasons – such as disability or poverty,” she said. “Investment in more bike-able streets and convenient public transportation allows these Long Islanders the same access to employment and amenities that the rest of us have. I also think it is more pleasant to have more green and less asphalt. The only way we can do that is to make it easier and safer to use alternative modes of transportation.”
The Bike-to-Work parade follows a 6.5 mile loop. There is also a shorter route available for pedestrians, those cycling with children and those who prefer to bike a shorter distance. The road portion of the biking route will have a police escort. A small festival with speakers, raffles and letter-writing opportunities follows the parade.
Advance registration is encouraged but not mandatory. Free tee-shirts are available to the first 20 pre-registered participants (upon arrival).