Energy Corps member Dan Dean at the City of Fayetteville Sustainability Department has been an active member of the Bicycle Coalition of the Ozarks advocacy organization since it was founded in 1999. This year, the B.C.O. celebrated National Bicycle Month in May with a Bicycle Commuter Challenge, a Mayoral proclamation and a group ride along Fayetteville’s multi-use trail system.
Dan and several of his co-workers at the City rode their bicycles during Bike to Work Week, part of National Bike Month, demonstrating their support for fossil-fuel-free sustainable transportation.
Fayetteville was named a bronze level Bicycle Friendly Community by the League of American Bicyclists in 2010 and created a Bicycle-Friendly Community Action Plan to improve their standing. Dan will help work towards this goal by recruiting businesses for the League’s Bicycle Friendly Business program and using his training as a League Certified Instructor to offer traffic cycling classes for City staff and interested citizens. “Getting around on a bicycle is good exercise, saves money and energy, doesn’t pollute, and is more fun than sitting in a car,” Dan says. “If you haven’t already given it a try, you’re missing out!” For more information, visit www.bconwa.com and bikeleague.org