Mayor Steven Noble among those pedaling to work
KINGSTON – Mayor Steven Noble can often be seen peddling to work
at Kingston City Hall and now he, and everyone else who has business to
take care of at the 420 Broadway address will have a secure place to lock
up their bikes while there. That goes for city employees, too.
As part of the city’s “Bike to-Work Week,” the city has installed a bike rack at City Hall.
“The City of Kingston is situated in the ideal location for residents and visitors seeking an active lifestyle,” said Noble. “We thought it was important to have that amenity here at the building for folks to be able to, when they are coming to visit City Hall, coming here for meetings or coming to work, they would have a place to safely lock up their bike in a safe way right outside our main entrance, so this is a great opportunity to make note of that with the new bike rack installation and encourage people this week to bike to work if they can.”
The mayor said he tries to walk and bike whenever possible.
Noble said his “competitive side is coming out and I’m hoping staff within the City of Kingston will join me during the week so we can have a chance to win this.”
A friendly community contest, led by Bike-Friendly Kingston, challenges individuals and groups to track their cumulative bicycling mileage over the week for a chance to win prizes, in addition to bragging rights.
Last year’s winning team was comprised of six employees of the New York City DEP, who logged a total of 30 trips, collectively riding 217 miles.
The new bike rack was paid for by a Plan4Health grant secured by the New York Metro Chapter of the American Planning Association and Cornell Cooperative Extension of Ulster County for the Live Well Kingston Coalition.