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Arrive in low-carbon style at Earth Fest this Sunday

Marc Lefkowitz  |  04/15/08 @ 12:50pm

If you ever felt the contradiction of driving your car to the zoo to celebrate Earth Day, you have worry- and car-free options to get there. ClevelandBikes will lead an organized bike ride to the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo this Sunday, April 20th for Earth Fest.

Pump some air in your tires and roll over to Dewey's Coffee at Shaker Square or Phoenix Coffee on Detroit Road in Lakewood. Sip a free beverage (courtesy of the shops) to get you started. Experienced riders will lead the rides to the zoo, beginning at 9 a.m., and travel back with you to your starting point at 3 p.m. The rides will leave in small, comfortable groups, traveling on a safe, scenic route. While you enjoy yourself at the Zoo, your bike will be securely stored at the temporary bike station.

If you volunteer and pay the registration fee for Bike for the Earth, you gain admission to the Earth Day celebration. Enjoy music and entertainment, visit with the animals, enjoy a children's activity area and eco-friendly products, snacks and exhibitors, free trees and more! You have a chance to earn great prizes and receive membership to the Earth Day Coalition for one year. To register or learn more, visit the Earth Day Coalition. Even if can't volunteer, the bike parking is free.

Another earth-friendly option is to take transit to the zoo. While it's not carbon neutral like your bike ride, RTA runs a free bus from Public Square (on cleaner burning natural gas). And if you don't make it to the 9 a.m. Bike for the Earth, you can still bike to Public Square and throw your bike on the free bus outfitted with a bike rack.

Boarding will be on West Roadway at Superior Avenue. At the Zoo, the shuttle will drop off and pick-up on the upper level, at the Administration Building off Fulton Parkway. The first trip will leave Public Square at 9 a.m., and the last trip will leave from the Zoo around 5:30 p.m.

Ride bus routes #20A, #35, #50 or #79A to the intersection of Pearl Road and Wildlife Way, and walk to the Zoo entrance on Wildlife Way. Upon request, operators will issue a courtesy pass for EarthFest attendees, which can then be exchanged at the ticket office for free admission.

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