Iowa City council member Ross Wilburn rode two wheels to victory in Johnson County's annual Bike To Work Week Bike-Bus-Car race Monday, returning the title in the annual event to the cyclists. But did a route change help?
The annual event is designed to emphasize the speed of bike commuting versus other transportation and features elected officials and other community leaders. Coralville City Council member Tom Gill finished second in his car, and county supervisor Rod Sullivan came in last on the bus.
This year's race featured a route change. In past years, the race ran from Coralville's Coral Ridge Mall to the Old Capitol Mall in downtown Iowa City. In 2007, county supervisor Sally Stutsman used the newly opened Camp Cardinal Boulevard to drive her car (an SUV, no less) to the winner's circle. This year, the starting point changed to Coralville City Hall, which necessitated a drive down the clogged bottleneck of Highway 6.
Iowa City area Bike To Work Week events continue through Friday:
Wednesday, May 14
Commuter Doughnuts and Coffee, 6:30 - 7:30am
Sugar Bottom Bikes, North Liberty
Bike Friendly Cities Forum, Noon-1pm
Iowa City Public Library, Meeting Room A
A lunchtime discussion on how to make Iowa City more bike friendly. Sponsored by the Bicyclists of Iowa City.
Mayor's Ride from Old Pi to New Pi
Riders meet at Chauncey Swan Park in Iowa City beginning at 5:00pm. The ride will depart for Coralville's New Pioneer Coop at 5:45PM.
Friday, May 16
Bike to Work Week Celebration, 6-9 p.m. (Location to be announced)