Filed under: Biking
I received an email today from the Johnson City Blue Plum Festival organizers, saying that this year, for the first time, they are offering a free tee shirt, like the one above, to the first 100 people who ride their bikes to the festival on Saturday, June 2nd. They’re even going to set up a bike tent behind the main stage so the bicycles will remain safe while the riders enjoy the festival! I think that is one sweet deal and if I’m in town for the festival, I’m gonna ride my bike that day.
But what if I live too far away to ride my bike to the Blue Plum festival?! Arrangements have been made with The Johnson City Washington County/Jonesborough Chambers of Commerce. They have generously offered to let festival goers park their cars at the General Mills Building on West Walnut Street. So you can load up the family, put the bikes on your bike rack and park your car on the West Walnut side of the General Mills building. You can then ride your bike safely down the State of Franklin Bikeway/Greenway to the festival! (Did I mention the 3 day festival is FREE?)
I love the whole idea behind this and think it could be expanded to the Freedom Hall July 4th fireworks display, the annual Christmas parade and any other event that tends to draw large numbers of people into one congested area. Johnson City commissioners are working hard to expand biking opportunities for students and us regular citizens with the completion last year of the Bikeway/Greenway that leads from ETSU to downtown, as well as the recent purchase and decision to turn the old railroad tracks that lead from Johnson City to Elizabethton into a full-blown rails to trails bikeway! Kingsport continues to add-on to it’s own Greenbelt and I hope that someday there will be a safe route from JC to Gray. The best way to let our council members know they’re using our money and resources wisely in this regard is to use the bikeways, designated bike lanes and greenways and to take advantage of opportunities like this one that the Blue Plum is offering.
To that end, I’d like to also let you know that May is National Bike Month too! No need to wait til the June festival to ride! National Bike Month is an opportunity to celebrate the unique power of the bicycle and the many reasons we ride. Whether you bike to work or school; to save money or time; to preserve your health or the environment; to explore your community or get to your destination, get involved in Bike Month in your city or state — and help get more people in your community out riding too! PS Wear your helmet!
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