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Thursday, February 7, 2013

Bicycles celebrated as fun, sustainable transportation at the Alliance GreenMarket



Ride your bike to the GreenMarket at Alliance for the Arts on Sat., Feb. 16th for a fun celebration and bike-related activities, co-sponsored by Alliance for the Arts, BikeWalkLee, and Lee County Office of Sustainability.
FORT MYERS, Fla. (February 7, 2013)Saturday, Feb 16, is Bike to GreenMarket Day, a celebration and recognition of the contribution of bike riders to sustainability in our area.  Using bicycles instead of motor vehicles to conduct at least a small part of your daily errands - like riding with your child to school, attending church or shopping at a local farmers' market - has a positive impact on society, on the environment and on your own health.

 Bike activities will begin at 10:30AM after the weekly free yoga session, when longtime bike and pedestrian advocate Dan Moser takes the GreenMarket stage to offer a presentation covering topics such as complete streets that are safe for bikers and pedestrians, the bicycle as alternative to the car, safety tips, and best routes in Fort Myers. The presentation will be followed by a Q & A.

There will be a kids area where young ones can work on bike-related arts projects under the supervision of an art instructor while parents attend the presentation or shop the market.  Free tickets to local attractions and concerts will be offered to the first 35 visitors who arrive by bicycle.  This activity is co-sponsored by the Alliance for the Arts, BikeWalkLee and the Lee County office of Sustainability.

BikeWalkLee is a community coalition raising public awareness and advocating for complete streets in Lee County: streets that are designed, built, operated and maintained for safe and convenient travel for all users.  BikeWalkLee values walkable and bikeable communities that encourage interaction among citizens of all ages, incomes, and abilities; the freedom of choice in transportation, including the choice to safely walk, bike or use public transit; and the strength, stability and quality of our environment.

The Office of Sustainability, established in 2010, guides and coordinates Lee County's sustainability efforts, including the promotion of the most efficient operations and being a resource in areas as diverse as recycling, waste to energy, green construction, and community development. Its goal is to provide leadership in the cultivation of a high quality of life, making Lee County attractive to businesses, a highly competitive workforce, residents and visitors. 

From its inception in 2009, the Alliance for the Arts GreenMarket has been a hub for everything local and sustainable.  In addition to providing local growers, bakers, artists and artisans with a weekly space to offer their wares to the public, it offers the community a range of activities, from free gardening workshops to community garden areas open to the public, recycle drives, and open yoga sessions. Local cheeses, produce, seafood and honey share space with organic fertilizers, organic herb and vegetable plants, sprouts and rain barrels.  For more information about the GreenMarket contact Market Manager Santiago De Choch at 239-939-2787 or greenmarket@artinlee.org.

The Alliance for the Arts proudly supports artists and arts organizations in our area as the state designated Local Arts Agency for Lee County. The Alliance campus and galleries are open to the public from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM Monday through Friday and from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM on Saturdays, located at 10091 McGregor Boulevard just south of Colonial Boulevard in Fort Myers.

Contact: Mike Kiniry, 239-939-2787
publicity@artinlee.org


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