FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
HARRISONBURG, VA – The board of the DR100 is donating 100 percent of its event proceeds to three local initiatives aimed at making bicycling safer in the City and County.
DR100, a charitable organization founded after the death of Dr. Joe Mirenda in a bicycling accident in 2009, will give $2,000 to the Northend Greenway; $2,000 to the Bluestone Trail, a three-mile path that will run from Port Republic Road south; and $10,000 to the driver’s education BikeSmart, a program at Turner Ashby High School, created and run by Cindy Ferek, that teaches the rules of the road by getting drivers on bikes before getting them behind the wheel. DR100’s mission is raise funds to expand bike and pedestrian lanes and promote safety for cyclists, runners and pedestrians.
“The DR100 Board spent an enormous amount of time researching all of the potential projects that supporters’ hard earned donations could go towards,” said DR100 board chair Steve Tomasi, “and we believe these three projects will greatly improve bike safety and the area’s infrastructure.”
Suzi Carter, Program Director for the Greenway, says this donation will help get Phase I of the Northend Greenway closer to physical implementation. “We’re grateful for this significant gift and intend to use it immediately to pay for surveying and engineering costs.”
Steve Tomasi, president of the DR100, will present checks for the Northend Greenway and Bluestone Trail to the City of Harrisonburg at the City Council meeting on Tuesday, November 13.
WHEN: Tuesday, November 13, 2012 at 7:00 p.m.
WHERE: City Council Chambers, 409 South Main Street, Harrisonburg, VA 22801
- Suzi Carter, Program Director, Northend Greenway (540-810-7667, firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Steve Tomasi, President, DR100 (540-383-6414, email@example.com)
NOTES: City Council members and representatives from DR100, Public Works department and the Northend Greenway will be available for photos and interviews at 6:30 p.m. in the front of council chambers.
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The Northend Greenway will be a path connecting people and the places they want to go, a strategically located corridor park, and a prototype of a high-caliber transportation and recreation network for Harrisonburg. The Greenway’s vision is to be an attractive and safe biking and walking path connecting neighborhoods, businesses and schools with the downtown district through park space, easily accessible to all residents, including children, seniors and families.
More information about the Greenway is available at: northendgreenway.org.
More information about the DR100 can be found at: dr100.org.