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Today: The 2006 Mayors' Ride for the National Bicycle Greenway

by via Cycle America/Nat Bicycle Greenway (NBG)
Where/When:
Berkeley City Hall, Tuesday, July 25, 1PM
Oakland City Hall, Tuesday, July 25, 4PM


Why:
Berkeley Mayor Tom Bates proclaims Tuesday, July 25 National Bicycle Greenway Day
Oakland Mayor Jerry Brown proclaims Tuesday, July 25 National Bicycle Greenway Day
NBG Bike Event to Connect Berkeley with Oakland

NBG Bike Event to Connect Berkeley with OaklandFor Immediate Release
Contact: Martin Krieg 415-240-4712 - NBG [at] bikeroute.com


What: The 2006 Mayors' Ride for the National Bicycle Greenway

Where/When:
Berkeley City Hall, Tuesday, July 25, 1PM
Oakland City Hall, Tuesday, July 25, 4PM


Why:
Berkeley Mayor Tom Bates proclaims Tuesday, July 25 National Bicycle Greenway Day
Oakland Mayor Jerry Brown proclaims Tuesday, July 25 National Bicycle Greenway Day


To be able to safely and pleasurably ride a bicycle from Boston to San Francisco is
one of the main goals of the National Bicycle Greenway (NBG). Former bike store
owner, Scott Campbell (54), who left Boston Mayor Tom Menino's send off on April
28, will stop here to meet Berkeley Mayor Tom Bates, city officials and local bike
and green advocates. Together they will show how the traffic calming Mayor Bates
pioneered decades ago has made Berkeley an exemplary part the NBG bikeway that will
connect the coasts.

The lead rider for the 5th Annual National Mayors' Ride, Campbell has already been
celebrated by TV, radio, newspapers and crowds, sometimes numbering in the
hundreds, in 26 of the 32 big cities he is visiting as he calls for a bikeway that
will connect these population centers to one another. As Scott's public ride, where
all cyclists are invited, moves next to Oakland, he will be led by Car Free
Berkeley Councillor, Kriss Wortington and Car Free Oakland architect, Ron Bishop.
Also joining them will be NBG director and "Awake Again" author, Martin Krieg who
will be riding a HiWheel, the kind of bike made in the 19th Century. Also leading
the charge on their HiWheels will be Greg and Adam Barron, who manufacture these
stately machines in nearby Alameda. Another cyclists who will join in the fun will
be Oakland Councillor Nancy Nadel. She will ride all of them to her City Hall where
representatives from the BART Greenway, Drive for Caldecott Bike Tunnel and
Oakland Car
Free day will all say a few words.

Krieg With Oakland Councillor Nancy Nadel


As Scott spreads the NBG word, he is also doing advance scouting work for Krieg who
is riding the Mayors' Ride route next summer with his new book, "How America Can
Bike and Grow Rich". As he writes it, Krieg is finding many parallels between the
Lincoln Highway, and the National Bicycle Greenway. First billed as an 'Appeal to
Patriots', according to Krieg, "The Lincoln Highway brought the unabated car sprawl
that is choking America today. The NBG sees a bike connection between San Francisco
and Boston as a way to inspire a new kind of war. We will fill this nation's roads
with bikes. And as we do, we will be vanquishing the new enemies that have
resulted from our love affair with the automobile, the overweight epidemic, wars
for oil, and time wasting and stress inducing traffic jams".


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