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Green Bike Tour

Seventeen riders braved a chilly Saturday to launch a two-day Green Bike Tour for the Get Energized, Iowa! competition. Six riders from competing towns (three from Dike and three from Hudson) were part of the group riding the first leg of the event.

Over breakfast, Dike Mayor Soppe started the day off with a great talk on the CFL light-bulb installations and other energy saving tips the town had implemented and the results they had seen. Lunch in Hudson was the stage for Tim Dwight, State Senator Jeff Danielson and Iowa House candidate Bob Greenwood to talk about tax incentives created by the state of Iowa to encourage the use of solar energy.

Another rider, Peter Thorne (Professor of Public Health at the University of Iowa), reinforced the importance of the incentives by talking about the installation of a solar panel on his family’s home. Participants ended the first-day, 27-mile ride at Tony’s La Pizzeria in Cedar Falls, where they heard how energy bills declined with installation of a solar water heater and LED lights. Also speaking were  John Moreland, a staffer for U.S. Senator Tom Harkin, and State Senator Joe Bolkcom.

A warmer day on Sunday drew 21 riders. Fairbank had the largest turnout with 14 riders. The head of the guidance team for Fairbank discussed over breakfast the changes that had been seen since the start of the competition. From there, riders headed to Readlyn, arriving at a ballpark area where lunch was served with homemade pies. The final leg of the 25-mile ride ended in Waverly where the Sherer family had installed solar shingles on the roof.

Thanks to everyone in the communities and all riders for making this past weekend’s Green Bike Tour such a success and braving the chilly weather.

We had a great turnout and received a good amount of attention to the Get Energized! Iowa challenge from KWWL and the Waterloo Cedar Falls Courier.

Also a Big Thanks to all the towns for the great meals, Tony’s La Pizzeria for the great talk and food, and Tim Dwight for the valuable information!

Fairbank and Readlyn won the most points for bikers competition (38 points), Dike and Hudson tied for second (6 points each).

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