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Tuscarawas News Detail

Let’s Take a Ride/Walk Down the Esplanade

Posted Aug. 26, 2013
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Members of the Kent State University community walk from
the Kent Campus to downtown Kent during the annual "Let's
Take a Ride/Walk" event.

Kent State University faculty, staff and students are invited to walk or ride a bicycle along the Kent State University Esplanade, which is now open, to the downtown Kent restaurant, Bar 145, during the third annual “Let’s Take a Ride/Walk” event on Thursday, Sept. 19, at 11:30 a.m. The starting point will be on the ‘K’ at Risman Plaza. 

Free lunch, provided by Miracle on Main St. (M.O.M.S.) and Bar 145, will be served to all participants, and a goodie bag will be provided with promotional items and coupons to downtown Kent stores and restaurants. At the event, participants have the opportunity to hear from the executive director of the Portage Park District talk about the Hike and Bike trail options in the area.

Participants are asked to register at least 48 hours in advance. Registration will be open until Sept. 17, and is limited to the first 120 participants. To register, visit https://reg.abcsignup.com/reg/event_page.aspx?ek=0055-0003-3af23b4821614294aa3da87ebc80c28f.

Co-chairs of the event planning committee Alex Piteo and Marty Mundy say this town-gown event will benefit people who take advantage of it.

Organizers of the event say it is an easy stroll, and from the university’s standpoint, it is inviting people to do something healthy. The event aims to increase lunch and after-work travel from the university to downtown, as well as encourage trips from downtown to the university.

“The town-gown event is intended to bring awareness of the wonderful restaurants and businesses that we have available in downtown Kent,” says Rachael Decker, wellness coordinator with Kent State’s Division of Human Resources. “The walk itself also promotes usage of the University Esplanade for a quick walk or ride downtown.”

For information on how to rent a Flashfleet bike, visit www.kent.edu/flashfleet.

The event is sponsored by the Community Outreach Committee of the Kent State Sustainability Task Force, M.O.M.S. and Bar 145.