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Last updated: Thu. Sep. 04, 2014 - 12:50 pm EDT

Ride Green Bicycle Pub Tour celebrates a “green” Fort Wayne with downtown ride

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WHAT: The United States Green Building Council's Indiana Chapter Northeast hosts the Ride Green Bicycle Pub Tour

WHEN: 1:30 p.m. Saturday

WHERE: Starting at the Wells Street Bridge and visiting the following businesses in order: The Green Frog Inn, O'Sullivans Italian Pub, Mad Anthony Brewing Company, Calhoun Street Soups, Salads, and Spirits, J. K. O'Donnell's, Dash In and The Deck at Don Hall's Old Gas House.

COST: Tickets are $10 for USGBC members and $15 for nonmembers, and folks can purchase the tickets by visiting www.ridegreenfw.org or by emailing northeast@usgbc-in.org.

INFORMATION: To learn more about the group, visit www.usgbc-in.org/northeast. You can also follow the group on Facebook at www.facebook.com/usgbc.in.ne or on Twitter at www.twitter.com/USGBCindiana.

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The United States Green Building Council's Indiana Chapter Northeast is inviting Fort Wayne area folks to grab their bikes and hop on for a ride as the group's first Ride Green Bicycle Pub Tour begins at 1:30 p.m. Saturday at the Wells Street Bridge.

To help launch its Sustain Fort Wayne campaign, the group will be trekking the trails of Fort Wayne and hitting the area's most popular pubs and restaurants including The Green Frog Inn, O'Sullivans Italian Pub, Mad Anthony Brewing Company, Calhoun Street Soups, Salads, and Spirits, J. K. O'Donnell's, Dash In and The Deck at Don Hall's Old Gas House. Tickets are $10 for USGBC members and $15 for nonmembers, and folks can purchase the tickets by visiting www.ridegreenfw.org or by emailing northeast@usgbc-in.org.

Throughout the event, the group hopes to share ways that local residents, businesses and the community as a whole can become environmentally conscious in a practical way.

Andrew Hesterman is a member of the USGBC's local chapter. He said, in the past, the chapter has internalized programs to help local designers and engineers become certified in sustainable building practices, but now, the group hopes to take its mission and message into the Fort Wayne community.

“Anyone can be sustainable and live sustainably and it does not have to be a sacrifice. This event gives people a chance to participate in the bigger picture - sustainability - and that's something we feel is very important for our city. It's also in line with the direction the city is already going for downtown,” he said.

The idea of a bike tour was a no-brainer for the group, seizing the opportunity to share their love for the area bike trails.

“Our idea was to put on the bicycle pub tour because it was something new and something exciting that gets people out of cars and onto bicycles to promote culture and support the local economy. The trails are something that not everyone experiences here, and not a lot of people commute to work by bike, so some people may not know what this city has to offer as far as our bike trails,” Hesterman said.

While environmentalism is not everyone's top priority, the group hopes to educate people on the importance of sustainability as an investment in the future and Fort Wayne's development.

“We want to bring people together to get in the mindset that sustainability is something we should be thinking about that hasn't necessarily been ingrained in us since we were born, but right now is a transitional period for environmentalism and sustainability. We have a lot of potential. It's a good time for Fort Wayne to get this on their plate,” he said.

The USGBC exists to educate and promote sustainable lifestyles, developments and building practices in order to create an economical and responsible places to live and work. Since its initial design-professional-oriented inception, the USGBC now extends a sustainable helping hand to reach communities, neighborhoods and lifestyles.

jgoldsborough@news-sentinel.com


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