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Mayor to kick off Earth Day activities with bike event

April 12, 2013

In an effort to showcase Terre Haute's trail system, encourage alternative transportation and promote healthy lifestyles, Terre Haute Mayor Duke Bennett will host a town hall meeting with cyclists and lead a bicycle ride from Memorial Stadium through downtown that ends at Indiana State University's Earth Day Celebration on April 17.

"Taking charge of your personal health should be one of the most important issues for you and your family. I am excited to host our city's first bicycle ride, encouraging people to take advantage of our wonderful trail and greenway system" said Bennett. "Terre Haute is flourishing with recreational opportunities ranging from canoeing in the Wabash River to playing tennis at Rea Park or playing pickle ball in Brittlebank Park; this ride celebrates just one of the many ways to stay active."

Check in will begin at the Indiana State University Memorial Stadium at 9:30 a.m. and the Q&A at 9:45 a.m. The riders will begin the 3.5-mile point-to-point route ending at the fountain on the campus of Indiana State University immediately following the Q&A. They will be greeted by the many volunteers and entertainment planned for the rest of the day.

The ride is open to the Terre Haute community and the first 50 registered participants will receive a drawstring bag with t-shirt and water bottle. To register go online to

Indiana State University's Earth Day Celebration is hosted by the Institute for Community Sustainability on April 17.

This event will be held at the grassy quad south of Stalker Hall with opening ceremonies commencing at 10:50 a.m. Events and booths will be open from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. These events include more than 50 vendors, live entertainment, a rock climbing wall, free food, prizes and many other activities.

"This is the third year ISU has celebrated Earth Day, and this year is easily the biggest event," said Caroline Savage, Institute for Community Sustainability assistant director. "It's such an exciting experiential learning opportunity for students, ISU employees and the community."