Buffy Bimgarden is trading in her hose & high heels for cycle shorts and clip-in pedals on the commute to work this week, while Clyde Clipperhorn is ditching his 4x4 monster truck in order to mountain bike to his construction site.
Okay, Buffy and Clyde dont actually exist, but they represent the appeal of Smart Commute Week, which urges commuters of every stripe to bicycle, walk, carpool, or take public transportation to work this week, June 6-12.
Smart Commute Week has been growing every year since it got started 17 years ago and its wonderful, says Lee Maynard, the trail planning and programming director of TART Trails (Traverse Area Recreation Trail). Plus, last year, Petoskey and Harbor Springs started their own Smart Commute Week with the Top of Michigan Trails Council, so its become a regional event.
Smart Commute Week is a nationwide event, but Maynard notes that Northern Michigan celebrates it later in the season for comforts sake. Other communities celebrate it in May, but because its chilly up here, we hold it in June, she says.