SV Bicycle Coalition moves with pedal power

September 3, 2010 3:32:29 PM PDT
Shirking the traditional moving van or truck, a group of bicycle advocates plans to use nothing but pedal power on Saturday to relocate to a new headquarters in San Jose.

About 15 to 20 volunteers will gather Saturday morning at the Silicon Valley Bicycle Coalition's current office in Willow Glen, load up trailers and pedal about three and a half miles to the new office in the United Way building at 1922 The Alameda in San Jose.

They'll be moving everything from office supplies to shelving and some cabinets, said Ernesto Lizaola, program coordinator.

The trailers, which attach to the seats of the bikes, are of various sizes and styles, organizers said.

The group will have a few extra trailers on hand, including one donated by Burley, an Oregon company that specializes in bicycle trailers. The donated trailer, which resembles a two-wheel handcart, will be given to one of the volunteers at the end of the day.

Single-seated cyclists will power all the bicycles pulling trailers; there's no need for two-man teams with this group.

"We have some pretty veteran bike haulers," Lizaola said.

"Greg (McPheeters), one of our directors...he's been carrying this 'Happening' couch, it's two-person couch we take when we have bike parking events," he said.

The green couch has its own Facebook page and about 100 "friends," Lizaola said.

The advocacy group promotes bicycling as a way of life. Its website states that cycling is a "central solution to the environmental, health, and social problems facing our planet."

Pedaling the move is just another way the group hopes to lead by example.

Executive Director Corrine Winter said she hopes "members of the community will see how much we're accomplishing on our bicycles and think, 'If they can do that, I can easily take my bike to the store, or the bank, or the movies.'"


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