Dump the Pump

Mayor Otis Johnson will headline the next Dump the Pump event on Friday, Oct. 3, when he leads a group bicycle commute into downtown Savannah.

The first ever Dump the Pump Convoy will depart from the Habersham Village shopping center and end at the corner of Bull and Broughton streets, where the Mayor will dedicate the first in a series of bicycle racks the City is installing throughout downtown Savannah.

With high gas prices and continued supply uncertainties, more and more people are turning to alternative forms of transportation. Anyone can join the Bike Convoy, which will be guided by experienced cyclists from the Savannah Bicycle Campaign. The group event is a way to introduce bicycle commuting to people who might be interested in riding to work but unsure of routes or intimidated to start out alone.

The Convoy will leave Habersham Village at 8:15 a.m., and meet up with a second group led by the Mayor gathering at Baldwin Park at Atlantic and 41st streets. The Convoy will then ride north on Lincoln Street, ending at Bull and Broughton streets, where free coffee and bagels will be served.

Mayor Johnson will lead the press conference there beginning about 9 a.m. He will highlight a plan to roll out a series of bicycle racks through downtown — part of a broader strategy to ease traffic and parking congestion downtown, as well as promote the Mayor’s Thrive initiative, which promotes environmental sustainability, and Healthy Savannah 2012, which promotes healthy living.

This will be the fourth “Dump the Pump: Leave Your Car at Home Day” held in Savannah since April. The events are intended to raise awareness about the benefits of using alternative modes of transportation and to encourage residents to commute by carpooling, mass transit, bicycling and walking.

Dump the Pump is sponsored by the Savannah Development and Renewal Authority, the City of Savannah, Coastal Commuters, the Savannah Bicycle Campaign, Chatham Area Transit, and Pedestrian Advocates of the Coastal Empire.

Area residents can find carpool partners through Coastal Commuters (coastalcommuters.org), or learn more about local transportation options at www.savannahtransit.com or bicyclecampaign.org.

For more information, contact the Public Information Office at 651-6410.

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