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Wednesday, May 19, 2010
Alternative Transportation Fair Friday

If you have noticed that there are fewer motor vehicles on the road this month, it may be because May in Motion is underway.  There are more than 5,000 participants in this year’s May in Motion, which is an annual month-long effort to encourage Treasure Valley residents to use alternative transportation.  More than seventy employers are taking part this time around and are spreading the word to their employees about the benefits of vanpooling, carpooling, using the bus, and walking or biking to work.

One of the highlights of May in Motion is the Alternative Transportation Celebration held on National Bike to Work Day which is on Friday, May 21, 2010.  ACHD Commuteride and Valley Regional Transit host the annual celebration which takes place in Downtown Boise.  The public is invited to attend this free event.

When:  7:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., Friday, May 21
What:   May in Motion Alternative Transportation Celebration, National Bike to Work Day
Where: 8th Street between Bannock and Idaho streets
Who: Bikers, walkers and alternative transportation users and experts.  Weather permitting, the event will again include a student bike train, and this year it is being led by Olympic gold medal cyclist Kristin Armstrong.  More than 50 students from Highlands Elementary School are expected to ride from their school to Friday's celebration where ACHD Commissioner Carol McKee will hand out gift bags to all of them.  They will arrive at 8th Street at approximately 9:20 a.m.

Students and adult participants at the event can learn about biking and other commuting alternatives, sign up for car and vanpools, and enjoy free refreshments. Representatives from various groups will be on hand to answer questions about biking, walking and more.

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