YNN reports on Rochester Institute of Technology's commemoration of the International Day of Climate Action, featuring a bike ride from downtown Rochester to the RIT campus.
It may not always be the right weather for a bike ride around here, but as they say wait 5 minutes and it'll change. The rain Saturday morning didn't stop a group of environmentally conscious riders from hitting the trail. The purpose: to mark the International Day of Climate Action.
"Once it gets into the colder weather, that's when a lot of people don't ride anymore, said James Kubiniec, part of the group that started at the Rundel Library in Downtown Rochester. But you can do it. Just gear up."
They pedaled their way to RIT, but this wasn't your everyday bike ride.
Today we are getting together for 350.org, said Jesse Harrington, a RIT Grad Student. It's a national move for climate change and climate action."
The group, 350.org, wants to push world leaders to sign a treaty in Copenhagen in December that would cap carbon emissions. But this also has a local touch.
"Today, specifically, we are riding to advocate bicycle lanes in Rochester," added Harrington.
The hope is to get more bike lanes throughout Rochester and to cut down on car traffic by creating a covered bike path stretching from downtown Rochester to the University of Rochester and RIT. It would give people to choice to ride their bikes, regardless of whether it's raining or snowing.
"There's no direct path from RIT to downtown for bikes besides this trail, added Harrington. It needs improvements and we'd like to bike all year round."
I thought it was a little outside the box when I first heard about it, but it looks like it really has legs, and I am under it and I am really excited, said Rebecca Johnson, a biking enthusiast.
The ride ended with a rally on the RIT campus, stressing the importance of alternate means of transportation. Its just the beginning for a new two wheel push.
Date Added: October 26th, 2009