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Sarasota bike map fundraising concert set

SARASOTA The Alliance for Responsible Transportation has created a bicycle map of Sarasota. Volunteers have been surveying roads, reviewing government documents and creating electronic maps to show where cyclists can ride safely and comfortably to get around Sarasota.

There will be a free concert at New College 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 3, to kick off fundraising efforts to pay for a map that can be distributed to cyclists.

“People need to know where they can safely ride if they are going to chose to bike for transportation” says Andrew Noune, A.R.T.’s volunteer executive director. “Sarasota has many miles of bike lanes, several multi-use trails and plenty of neighborhood streets that parallel busy roads. This map shows them all and rates roads for ‘bikeability’ as green, yellow or red.”

RiotFolk will perform at the concert. Members of the group are on a 1,200-mile bicycle tour hosting sustainability and social justice workshops along the way.

There will be a workshop at New College at 2 p.m. earlier in the day. The concert will be in the Teachers’ Auditorium at 7 p.m. and the public is invited. The show is free, but donations are encouraged.

Individuals that can’t make the show but want to support can donate online, volunteer, or join A.R.T. as a member.

A.R.T. was formed in late 2005 and is a local, all-volunteer 501(c)(3) organization that promotes biking, walking and transit as viable forms of transportation in Sarasota.

Visit www.bikewalklive.org or call 726-8800 for more information.

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