Archive for May, 2010

Bike to Work Day / Bike, Walk & Roll / River, Road & Rail Day

Transportation is the unifying theme of events planned for May 21st and 22nd in Lexington.  Campus community members are being urged on Bke to Work Day to consider walking or biking to campus for the health and environmental benefits.  The Rockbridge Area Conservation Council is promoting a “Complete Streets” program for Lexington that enables all vehicles to share public streets safely on Bike, Walk and Roll Day.  A number of local groups that are interested in the history of transportation in this area are holding a River, Road and Rail Day at Jordan’s Point Park.  Please see the details on these events below.

 

Bike to Work / Campus Day

Friday, May 21 is Bike to Work Day at Washington and Lee.  Campus community members are asked to bike (or walk, run, skate) instead of driving to campus.  Car pooling and use of electric, bio diesel or hybrid powered vehicles is also be encouraged.   There are many direct and indirect heath and environmental benefits from using alternative means to commute to campus.  The Bike to Work Day is sponsored by Human Resources’ Wellness Program, Campus Recreation, the Athletic Department and Facilities Management.  The National Bike to Work Day is promoted by the League of American Bicyclists http://www.bikeleague.org/programs/bikemonth/ .

On Thursday from 12 to 2 Campus Recreation will perform minor bike repairs in front of Elrod Commons to help participants get their bike ready for spring.

On Friday from 8 to 9 participants may register on the south patio of Leyburn Library to receive a coupon for a light breakfast from Café 77.  Participants will be asked to fill out a survey indicating the mode of transportation that they used to get to work as well as mileage.  There will be information on biking, walking, hiking and other alternative means of transportation and minor bike repairs will be available.  You can also check out a Blue Bike from Leyburn http://library.wlu.edu/services/Bikes.asp

Participants may take a shower at Doremus – just go to the equipment room on level three near the Fitness Center.   For more information or to participate in the survey please contact Chris Wise at x8253.

Bike, Walk and Roll Day

The Rockbridge Area Conservation Council is inviting you to ride a bicycle, walk, or roll through downtown Lexington (on roller blades, in a wheelchair, in a stroller, or in other non-gasoline-powered vehicles) to Jordan’s Point Park on the Maury River in a designated lane on the east (north bound) side of Main Street / Route 11.    

The temporary lane will be marked with traffic cones from Houston Street to Jordan’s Point and no parking will be allowed on that side of the street while the cones are up.    The cones will be set up starting at 6:00 a.m. but they will be removed from the downtown area at noon.  The lane will remain open from Jefferson Street to the river until 5:00 p.m. so that bikers, walkers, and rollers may continue to enjoy the safety of the designated lane outside of the downtown area.   

The day’s events will start at 9:00 a.m. in the parking lot of Maury River Middle School.  Volunteer bike mechanics will be available from 9:00 to 10:00 to make minor repairs to bikes for free.  There will be some adult and children loaner bikes and helmets available courtesy of the Rockbridge County School Board that may be used until 1:00 PM at which time they need to be turned in at Jordan’s Point Park.  Participants will be encouraged to travel from MRMS to the intersection of Houston and Main Street to join other bike riders, pedestrians, parents with children on bikes and in strollers, in-line skaters, and wheelchair participants from the Mayflower who will start towards Jordan’s Point at 10:00 from that intersection.

Participants are urged to take their time on the way to Jordan’s Point to visit friends and patronize businesses along the way. 

At Jordan’s Point Park there will be exhibits, a bring-your-own picnic lunch together, and a short rally at 12:00 noon to celebrate alternative transportation options.  The objective is to raise awareness of and support for safe bike, wheelchair and pedestrian ways through Lexington.  This is part of the “Complete Streets” idea that all vehicles should be able to safely share paved roadways, lessening the need to have a car to get around.

Please scroll  to the bottom of this post to find information to help make this even safe and enjoyable.  For more information contact the R.A.C.C. office at 463 2330.  For wheelchair support information please contact Joan Manley at 463 9891.   

River, Road and Rail Heritage Day

Jordan’s Point Park will also be the site of the River, Road and Rail Heritage celebration from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. featuring historic preservation activities that tell the story of the conjunction of the river, road and rail transportation systems that intersected at Jordan’s Point. The Ruth Anderson McCulloch branch of Preservation Virginia, Historic Lexington Foundation, and the Rockbridge Historical Society have joined forces to celebrate National Preservation Month with a series of events focused on the evolution of our area’s transportation systems and the importance of preserving the reminders of these systems. 

Included among the Jordan’s Point activities will be a tour of Jordan’s Point Park led by Catherine Gilliam for H.L.F. (12:30) demonstrations and discussions of stonemasonry by John Friedrichs (11 & 2), displays of the canal system by Philip de Vos of the Virginia Canals and Navigations Society, demonstrations by the James River Batteau Society, canal system talks at Reid’s Lock (on the Chessie Trail) by artist Steve Harrington (12:30 – 3:30pm), and interpretative displays of the Jordan’s Point transportation systems by Harrington and Preservation Virginia. In addition to the day’s scheduled talks and tours, there will be a number of historical, recreational, and transportation-themed exhibitors at the Celebration.

R.A.C.C. also urges people to walk from Jordan’s Point Park, across the Route 11/Maury River Bridge to the Chessie Trail and enjoy walking along the river.

Restroom facilities and limited refreshments will be available on site. Vehicle parking at Jordon’s Point is limited and will be reserved primarily for cyclists, strollers, and vehicles needing special accessibility.  Participants in all of the day’s events can park for free in the Rockbridge County Courthouse parking garage at Nelson and Main Streets or other city lots, stroll and shop through the downtown area, then use the designated lane to travel to the river for these events.  Visitors are invited to use satellite parking along the Chessie Trail in East Lexington and at the YMCA in College Square Shopping Center on Hunter Hill.

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–  All participants must obey all state laws concerning the use of roads.

   (VA Department of Transportation, VA Department of Motor Vehicles &    the Code of Virginia)

–  No motorized skateboards or rollerblades are permitted.

–  All bicycle riders must wear helmets.

–  This is not a race. No accelerating, skidding, sudden braking, “wheelies” or other dangerous operating behavior will be allowed

–  Motor driven cycles or other motorized vehicles are not allowed along the path.

–  Slower moving traffic should ride on the right side of the lane.

–  Faster moving traffic should ride on the left side of the lane. 

–  Yield to slower moving traffic.  Bicycles yield to pedestrians and wheelchair riders.

–  Obey all traffic lights and signals.  Cross-traffic will not be stopped.  Use Care!

–  Maintain safe distances between vehicles. 

–  Be polite, NO ROWDY BEHAVIOR.

–  Children should be escorted by a parent or guardian. 

–  Children Eight (8) years old and younger must be accompanied by a responsible party.

–  NO decorations shall overly extend from the bike or obscure riders view or hinder rider’s body.

Campus Kitchen Interview on WVTF Radio

Check out the interview about Campus Kitchen that aired 05/03/10 on WVTF:  http://www.wvtf.org/news_and_notes/audio/201005031555300.campuskitchen.mp3

For more information go to:  http://www.wlu.edu/x38717.xml