Charles Reynolds, Neile Rissmiller and Greg
Laman take part in Bike to Work Week, held May 17-21. Cities across
the nation are celebrating May as national bike month. Reynolds,
head of the Music Library, and Greg Laman and Neile Rissmiller,
both computer systems consultants for the School of Music, organized
the events in Ann Arbor this year. Activities for the week included
Bike Commuting 101, a class designed to teach new commuters how
to deal with situations such as changing a tire or riding in the
snow; Care and Feeding of Your Bike, a class on bike maintenance;
a ride to the Dexter Dairy Queen; and a rally at City Hall with
Mayor John Hieftje and Chief of Police Dan Oates.
"When it comes to bicycle advocacy, cities like Madison
and Boulder are way ahead of Ann Arbor," Reynolds says. "The
more awareness we can create, the better."
The events were designed to bring first-time commuters together
with veteran cyclists. "Bicycles are fun, they are more efficient,
they are better for the environment and they are better for us," Rissmiller
The events were sponsored by Arbor Brewing Co., Bank of Ann Arbor,
Clif Bar, Einstein Bros. Bagels, Espresso Royale, Two Wheel Tango,
Trader Joe's, and the Washtenaw Bicycling & Walking Coalition.
(Photo by Marcia Ledford, U-M Photo Services)