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Next week is Bike-to-Work week: Get ready to ride with council members Podzimek, Fagan, Shey

In Brian Fagan, City Hall, Pat Shey, Tom Podzimek on May 8, 2008 at 6:18 pm

Council members Tom Podzimek, Brian Fagan and Pat Shey are celebrating National Bike-to-Work Week on Monday by taking a bike ride by some of the city’s major employers.

Join them at 6:30 a.m. Monday at Greene Square Park downtown, Podzimek says.

The three will ride south on the Cedar River Trail to C Street SW, and head south on C Street SW out to AEGONUSA’s south campus and Kirkwood Community College and then back into town.

“I’ll be thrilled if we get 20 people to join us,” Podzimek says.

At the same time, he told his council colleagues this week that he was a little disheartened when he got to the BikeIowa Web site — — this week to register the city of Cedar Rapids’ Monday morning event  only to find that other Iowa cities already had registered with a number of employees.

Employees can go to the Website to register their employer or sign up if their employer already is on the list.

The good news, AEGONUSA was leading the list as of Thursday afternoon, with 78 employees signed up to participate in Ride-to-Work Week. The University of Iowa has 27 employees and Rockwell Collins, 17, ready to participate.

Podzimek also wants the City Council to commit to winning for Cedar Rapids the designation of “bike-friendly city.” The designation, awarded by the League of American Bicyclists, requires work, new policies and some spending to create identifiable bike routes and other bicycling features, he says.

“It’s definitely doable,” Podzimek says.



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