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A movement with legs

College participates in Bike/Walk to Work Day

On Sept. 16, Dartmouth participated in the Upper Valley Autumn Bike/Walk to Work Day. "The College is a vital supporter of this project," said Wally Elton, Executive Director of the Upper Valley Trails Alliance, which co-sponsored the event with Upper Valley Rideshare. "Dartmouth contributes so much to the success of this program, from providing publicity within the College, to supplying most of the food for the participants' free breakfast in Hanover."




Photos by S. Berry/UV Rideshare

Bike/Walk to Work Day was organized to promote physical fitness and environmental awareness in the Upper Valley by inviting residents to leave their cars at home. One hundred forty-four participants were counted at complimentary light breakfasts offered by event sponsors in Hanover, Lebanon and White River Junction, Vt. "Hanover had the largest turnout of the breakfasts," said Elton. "Between 115 and 120 people were served there, most of them Dartmouth employees."

"It is important for the College to support events like this," said Traci Nordberg, Dartmouth's Chief Human Resources Officer, whose department was instrumental in promoting the event on campus. "I think it is invaluable for employees to unite for a cause that benefits both their health and that of the community."

Event participants received free T-shirts and water bottles, as well as a chance to win additional prizes from Eastern Mountain Sports (EMS), Farm-Way, Inc. in Bradford, Vt., and passes to the River Valley Club and the Hartford Skating Rink. Bike mechanics from Omer and Bob's Sports Shop and EMS also provided free bicycle safety checks.

"I think this program is opening people's eyes that they can travel to work safely and easily without using their car, and feel great doing it," said Elton.

The next Upper Valley Bike/Walk to Work Day will take place in May.

By JOEL AALBERTS

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Last Updated: 12/17/08