Bike Walk Coral Gables Wins Green Means Green Award
Bike Walk Coral Gables (BWCG) capped off Earth Week festivities by earning a Green Means Green Award from the Coral Gables Chamber of Commerce on Thursday, April 27th, at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Downtown Coral Gables. The seventh annual “Green Means Green Awards” recognize individuals, corporations and organizations that have placed a strong emphasis on sustainability and green practices in several categories.
“We are excited to be among the recipients this year, when so many of our green efforts are coming to life in our community,” said Jennifer Garcia, BWCG Board Chair. “When we started six years ago, the idea of seeing 100 people of all ages bicycling as a group to enjoy the sites on one of our monthly tours was unheard of. This year we were awarded a Public Space Challenge grant from the Miami Foundation for our ‘Galiano Green’ park which will be taking shape in downtown Coral Gables.”
Last year, BWCG donated a bike fix-it station to the city that was placed on the Coral Gables Museum’s Plaza. The Galiano Green will take a seldom-used barren area next to a parking lot and transform it into a gathering space with a butterfly garden, benches, bike amenities and a drinking fountain. These partnerships and activities not only create attractive and useful greenspaces and resources, but further encourage people to get out of their cars and enjoy beautiful, green Coral Gables. In 2014, BWCG received the Florida Bicycle Association’s Bike Business of the Year Award for programs that promote sustainability by reducing reliance on the automobile. BWCG has also been recognized as an exemplary partner by the City of Coral Gables.