Ditch the Keys – National Bike Month

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As part of National Bike Month, Bicycle Advocacy of Arkansas (BACA) has partnered again this year with Ditch the Keys and others to promote both bicycle usage and Ozone Action Days in central Arkansas. According to the Ditch the Keys website:

Ozone Action Days is a public awareness program that educates central Arkansans about the harmful effects of ground-level ozone. Ground-level ozone is the bad type of ozone that is created when pollutants such as vehicle exhaust, chemical solvents, and industrial emissions mix with sunlight. Know what the air index is by keeping up with Ozone Action Days.

They are asking that from May 15 through May 22, you leave the keys at home and find alternative means of transportation for work, school, play and shopping. To help they have devised a calendar of ways to “ditch the keys” including walking, riding buses and bike rides. See the calendar below.


Friday, May 15

Press conference at 7:30 a.m. at the Old State House Museum on Friday, May 15. The convoy rides below will help you get to the press conference or other downtown working areas as a group. (please check with convoy leaders on start times and route changes due to river trail flooding)

Bike to Work Day – Convoy Map – Convoy Information


Saturday, May 16
Bike to Play Day

Sunday, May 17
Car-Free Sunday

Monday, May 18
Carpool to School or Work Day

Tuesday, May 19
Walk to School or Work Day

Wednesday, May 20
Ride the Bus to School or Work Day (Bus schedules and information)

See also  Update on Proposed E-bike Use in the Ouachita and Ozark-St. Francis National Forests

Ride of Silence – Join Bicycle Advocacy of Central Arkansas for the annual International Ride of Silence to honor and remember those who have been injured or killed. The Ride of Silence is at 6 p.m. Meet at South on Main / Oxford American and ride to the Capitol.

Thursday, May 21
Telecommute to Work Day


Friday, May 22
Social Friday

Use #DitchtheKeys and share your pictures from participating in any of the week’s events.

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