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At right, CSU VP Sustainability John Kyras serves up some veggie loaf to Jean Blais Mathieu as volunteer Maria Tomenko looks on during the CSU’s Bike for Clean Air day on Oct. 20.
Organizers encouraged students, staff and faculty to cycle to school to promote a clean and sustainable future just days before the international day of climate action on Saturday (see related story).
Volunteers prepared the free meal, served on the terrace behind the Hall Building, with help from the People’s Potato. “We’ve been here since 9 a.m. chopping onions,” Kyras said he handed out food. “I was crying all morning.”
Blais Mathieu, a bike advocate for the past 30 years, would like to see major changes to the city’s infrastructure, noting over 60 cities worldwide already have car-free zones.
“We need our elected officials and planners to make it easy for people to take public transit and cycle,” he said. “There’s been lots of lip service and not much action.”