Walk/Bike/Run: Join in on Sustainable 19125's campaign

sustainable19125.org/wordpressIf you haven’t already heard, at the start of May, Sustainable 19125, kicked off its 2011 Walk/Bike/Ride campaign, coinciding with National Bike Month. Sustainable 19125's ultimate goal is to urge city-dwellers to ditch our gas guzzling automobiles and opt for greener modes of transportation.

Earlier this month, we told you about the opportunity to become a part of the Sustainable 19125 team, working as a Green Guide. Didn’t get the chance to sign up? Don’t worry-- this month is full of scheduled events to get excited about.

Making a small difference is what this campaign is focused on. What decisions can we make that will help lower our carbon footprint? Sustainable 19125 is tackling this issue and they need our help.

First, this Saturday, May 7th, join in on the initiative and be a part of their guerrilla-style efforts to raise awareness about alternative modes of transit. The plan: use a wheat flour and water to paste signs around the neighborhood to promote walking, biking, and public transportation. Nothing illegal--no Banksy mimicry--just simply posting helpful factoids for all residents to see!

An example of a flyer: In one year, riding a bike versus owning and driving a car will save an Save & Closeadditional $8,000. Save yourself some money while you save the Earth.

Don’t own a bike? Check out the city's plethora of bike shops, or scour Philly's Craigslist to find a two-wheeler that suits you. That way, you'll be ready for National Bike to Work Day on Friday, May 20th! Join in on the biking course, which starts at the Philadelphia Museum of Art (2600 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy) and ends at City Hall (intersection of Broad and Market).

The perfect way to end the month is with the 5th Annual Kensington Kinetic Sculpture Derby (see Neal Santos’ photo essay, Wonderful Machines in our May issue p. 34), taking place on May 21st at the Trenton Avenue Arts Festival. The derby will feature mobile art, handmade human-powered transit that will take to a three mile urban obstacle course. This aspect of the initiative will promote local businesses and the creative artists in our neighborhood.

Get all the event details after the jump!

Walk/Bike/Run Sign Postings

Saturday, May 7th

For more information contact Veronica at verenberg@nkcdc.org or 215-427-0350 ext.110

National Bike to Work Day

Friday, May 20th, 7:00 a.m

To Register for the course, contact: Caroline Heffernan at caroline@bicyclecoaltion.org or (215) 242-9253.

5th Annual Kensington Kinetic Sculpture Derby

Saturday, May 21, 12:00 p.m.

Trenton Ave and Norris St.

So hop on the bandwagon, we mean bike, and spread the word. Every little action we make counts.

For more information on events taking place during Sustainable 19125’s Walk/Bike/Ride campaign, please email sustainable19125@gmail.com