Earth Day 2012 Featuring Bull City Open Streets – A Wet Story…
Mother Nature had her own ideas about Earth Day a couple of weeks back. She may have wanted rain, but those attending Durham’s Earth Day celebration sure didn’t!
Despite the rain, several city streets, including parts of Foster Street, Corporation Street, and Rigsbee Avenue were closed to vehicle traffic—letting bicyclists and pedestrians have free reign of the streets. Because of the rain the turn-out was smaller than usual, but people were still out and about in jackets and rain gear or toting umbrellas. They stopped at the booths of vendors offering information about recycling, energy savings, and biking.
The weather conditions didn’t stop a few brave souls from stopping by our booth to sample a bike-blended fruit smoothie that they blended themselves by pedaling on our bike blender. The supplies for the smoothies were donated by Whole Foods Market—representing a shared mission to encourage people to exercise and to be healthy.
On Rigsbee Avenue, Durham Cycles was holding tricycle races to raise money for Bike & Build, an organization that works to support affordable housing through service-oriented cycling trips. “I think cyclists are a hearty bunch, they will compete regardless of the weather,” owner David LoSchiavo said.
Although the weather on Earth Day left much to be desired, we are excited about the upcoming Bull City Open Streets on June 9th, on Driver Street in Northeast Central Durham, where we hope for great weather and attendance!
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