Bike to Work/School Day brings new, encore participants

Bike to Work/School Day


Stanley Mcfall, a Tompkins County resident and Cornell staff member who for the past five years has participated in Bike to Work/School Day, won an overnight stay at The Cornell Club in New York City, while Neeraj Kulkarni, a Cornell graduate student participating for the second year, won a round-trip ticket on the Campus-to-Campus Express Bus Service to NYC.

These were two of the 12 prize winners, whose prizes ranged in value from $35 to just under $400, who participated in the Bike to Work/School Day commuter event May 19, coordinated by Cornell Transportation Services, Cornell Recreational Services and Way2Go, part of Cornell Cooperative Extension of Tompkins County.

About 270 participants, including about 220 Tompkins County residents and 12 residents from outside the county, took part in the annual event to showcase environmentally friendly ways to commute to work or school. Participants included 124 Cornell staff, 36 graduate students, 27 faculty, 16 spouses or partners, six retirees and five Cornell undergraduates.

“More than 100 participants were first timers for the event,” said Kerry Howell, Cornell Recreation Services employee and event coordinator. “It was incredible to see so many happy smiling people riding their bikes to work and school while sharing the roadways with cars and buses on such a beautiful sunny morning.”

The Day Hall, Helen Newman Hall, and Teagle Hall-Lynah Lot breakfast stop-and-go stations received the greatest number of participants, sponsored respectively by Cornell Police and Big Red Bikes; Cornell Recreational Services; and New York State Parks, Cornell Transportation Services, and Cornell Campus-to-Campus.

Other table sponsors were AGAVA, AIDS Ride For Life, BorgWarner, Boxy Bikes, Bike Walk Tompkins, Cayuga Waterfront Trail, The Cornell Club, Cornell Dairy Plant, Cornell Veterinary Staff Council, E-Bike Ithaca, Finger Lakes Cycling Club, Greenstar Natural Foods Market, IT@Cornell, Recycled Ithaca Bikes, Tabernacle Church, Tetra Tech and TransportationCamp2017.

Prize sponsors included The Bike Rack, Cayuga Ski and Cyclery, The Cornell Club, Cornell Transportation Services – Cornell Campus-to-Campus, Finger Lakes Running and Triathlon Store, and Proviz.

For more photographs, see Cornell Transportation Services’ Bike to Work/School Facebook page.