R 293
2015 -- H 6208
Enacted 05/14/2015

H O U S E   R E S O L U T I O N

Introduced By: Representatives Handy, Tanzi, Winfield, Marshall, and Carson
Date Introduced: May 14, 2015

     WHEREAS, "Bike-to-Work Week" is celebrated annually across the United States in
order to promote the use of bicycles as an option for commuting to work; and
     WHEREAS, The "Bike-to-Work" initiative was originated by the League of American
Bicyclists in 1956, and Bike-to-Work Week occurs during National Bike Month; and
     WHEREAS, Riding a bike to work is the fastest growing form of commuting. The
number of people across America who bike to work has increased about 60 percent over the last
decade; and
     WHEREAS, Bicycle commuting is a safe and healthy alternative to driving an
automobile to work each day and it provides economic and environmental benefits to our
communities; and
     WHEREAS, Widespread bike commuting helps to lessen traffic congestion and noise,
reduces associated greenhouse gas emissions, and decreases the use of and dependence upon
finite energy sources; and
     WHEREAS, Rhode Island has over 70 miles of paved bike paths, myriad bike lanes and
bike routes, and more than 11 additional miles of paved bike paths currently under design and
development; and
     WHEREAS, Our state is quickly becoming one of the nation’s most "bike friendly" states
and the advantages to our citizenry and communities should be promoted and recognized; now,
therefore be it
     RESOLVED, That this House of Representatives of the State of Rhode Island and
Providence Plantations hereby proclaims May 11-15, 2015, to be "Bike-to-Work Week" in the
State of Rhode Island. We furthermore support and encourage all the citizens of our state to
participate by giving bike commuting a try; and be it further
     RESOLVED, That the Secretary of State be and hereby is authorized and directed to
transmit a duly certified copy of this resolution to the President of the League of American