Sunday, September 5, 2010

Sept. 12-18 Proclaimed Bicyclist and Pedestrian Awareness Week

Governor McDonnell has issued a proclamation declaring next week, September 12-18, as Virginia's Bicyclist and Pedestrian Awareness Week. The awareness week campaign is a project sponsored by BikeWalk Virginia and Drive Smart Virginia and DMV.

Bicycling and walking are inexpensive and efficient ways to take short commutes, go shopping, and see friends—especially when driving a vehicle can often take just as long due to traffic congestion or lack of parking. Bicycling and walking are great ways to get exercise, especially in an age when we spend too many hours sitting – at a computer, on a telephone, in an airplane, or in front of the television.

By choosing to walk, jog, or ride a bike instead of driving a motor vehicle, the Commonwealth of Virginia’s citizens can avoid traffic congestion, reduce road wear and tear, and reduce the need for wider roads and more parking. Virginians can save money on fuel and breathe less air pollutants.

Last year alone 84 people died while walking or cycling and an additional 2,000 bicyclists and pedestrians were injured on our roadways. More information can be found at "Sharing the Road in Virginia."

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