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Bike2Work Day a success

June 2, 2012
The Daily Mining Gazette

To the editor:

The Keweenaw Bike2Work Day Committee would like to thank the many volunteers, businesses and organizations that made our celebration of fourth annual National Bike2Work Day possible May 18.

In addition to Houghton, Hancock, and Calumet/Laurium participating, Lake Linden hosted a Bike2Work Day station. One hundred eight cyclists traveled a total of 800 miles saving $150 in gas (calculated at 20 mpg at $3.75 per gallon). For nine people, or 8 percent of the riders, it was their first bicycle commute. Twenty additional people walked. An additional 500-plus local students walked or biked to school for school-sponsored events during May in Houghton, Calumet and Lake Linden.

Many thanks to the following cycling/outdoors clubs for the volunteers: Keweenaw Trail Seekers, MTU Copper Country Cycling Club (C4) and the Keweenaw Trekkers.

We would also like to give a big thanks to the local businesses and organizations who donated prizes, snack-stop food, tents, chairs and supplies: Aspirus Keweenaw Hospital, The Bike Shop, Caf Rosetta, Keweenaw Chain Drive Festival, City of Hancock, City of Houghton, Cross Country Sports, Cyberia Caf, Dave's BP, Downwind Sports, Drive Thru Depot, 5th & Elm Coffee House and Eatery, Festival Foods, Hancock Bike Shop, Keweenaw Co-op, Louie's Super Foods, Ann Pace, Pat's IGA, village of Calumet and village of Lake Linden.

A special thanks goes out to the Western U.P. Health Department for chairing this year's event and underwriting the publicity costs.

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Mail letters to: Letters to the Editor, The Daily Mining Gazette, P.O. Box 368, Houghton, MI 49931. Letters may also be e-mailed to or submitted on the Gazette's Web site,, by clicking on "Submit News."

Ann West

Keweenaw Bike2Work Day Committee




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