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May 8, 2012
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UMD Bike/Walk to Work Day

Faculty and staff pledging for good health and a greener environment
UMD is holding its third annual Bike/Walk to Work Day on Friday, May 18, and joins the Twin Ports for its Bike to Work Day on the same date. The city and campus are working together in the community to promote cycling and walking as a fun, healthy, and sustainable transportation choice. The Duluth/Superior Bike to Work Day will have stations in Superior and Duluth, and the UMD station is located at the Kirby Bus Hub.

"When employees register to participate in this healthy event," said Lita Wallace, Wellness Coordinator of the Department of Human Resources and Equal Opportunity. "They are pledging to make at least one trip by pedal power, or by foot. It's about good health, but it's also about taking care of the environment."

Last year, the scheduled campus bike and walk totaled 89.54 miles among the 20 participants. Mindy Granley, the sustainability coordinator, calculated that the event prevented 80.2 pounds of greenhouse gas emissions from entering the atmosphere (based on the Cool Air Clean Planet Calculator, V6.6).

Pre-register to participate: Registration form for Bike/Walk to Work Day

Schedule of Events for UMD participants on Friday, May 18

7:30 a.m. - 8:00 a.m.
Bikers and Walkers: Sign-in at Kirby Bus Hub
Enter in a drawing
Enjoy a smoothie made with a Bike Blender

8:05 a.m. - 8:20 a.m.
Group photo of participants & committee members (outside Kirby Bus Hub)

8:20 a.m.
Breakfast at Griggs Center for participants

9:00 - 10:00 a.m.
Workshops (open to all employees)
• 9:00 - 9:20 - Wellness Points Bank - Bicycle Commuter Program Info Session
• 9:20 - 9:40 - Bike Safety
• 9:40 - 10:00 - Winter Biking
• 8:00 - 9:00 or until gone - Enjoy a smoothie made with a Bike Blender! (open to all faculty and staff)

Time/Location: to be announced later Bike to Work Day Fair (open to all faculty, staff and students)

UMD: Bicycle Parking Map, Regulations, & Bicycle Storage Locker

The Twin Ports Bicycle Station is located at the Minnesota Power Plaza, as well as a variety of other locations throughout the area.

For location information, see:

Twin Ports Contact: James Gittemeier

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