Local Motion celebrates 20th anniversary of Bike, Walk & Wheel Week

Families take off on a two-mile bike ride as part of Local Motion's Mother's Day event Sunday in Stephens Lake Park.

About the earlier two many years, a Columbia transportation advocacy corporation has labored to put its mission — and people today in standard — into action.

Community Movement, previously PedNet, is celebrating the 20th anniversary of Bike, Stroll & Wheel Week, created in partnership with previous Mayor Darwin Hindman in 2002. 

The week-long party, which ordinarily attracts a number of hundred individuals, encourages people to be much more energetic by walking, biking, making use of a wheelchair or using the bus.

The existence of COVID-19 canceled the celebration in 2020. Past yr, the proceedings have been shortened and hosted in the fall rather than the spring.

The occasion makes its official return this 7 days following 3 a long time.

It kicked off Sunday afternoon with a Mother’s Day bike experience at Stephens Lake Park, helping the organization continue on to get the word out on its mission of doing work toward transportation fairness.

Columbia Mayor Barbara Buffaloe speaks to a crowd before participating in a bike ride during a Mother’s Day event Sunday at Stephens Lake Park.

“We are attempting to provide going for walks, biking and transit remedies to meet up with people’s everyday transportation requirements,” growth director Michaela Marshall Dungey mentioned. “We are truly focusing on transportation techniques becoming designed for folks and not for cars. …(Equity) is a seriously important piece of the puzzle when on the lookout at transportation for the reason that not all units are created with anyone in thoughts.”

The anniversary marks an remarkable milestone for the organization, which highlights obtainable strategies folks can seek out transportation other than motor vehicles, she stated.