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May 14, 2009

Anna & Marcus: Biking to do some very important work.


It’s Bike-to-Work Day here in the Bay Area, and I’d like to tell you about a couple of bicyclists who are taking it very seriously. Since April 5th, Anna Cummins and Marcus Eriksen have been on the road, biking from Vancouver to Tijuana on the last segment of their Message In A Bottle tour that began with a research expedition with the Algalita Marine Research Foundation to study the plastic garbage patch in the North Pacific Gyre and continued with another trip to the Gyre — this time aboard a raft built of 15,000 plastic water bottles. On both trips, they found floating masses of netting, bottles, and buoys, and plastic fragments in the flesh of common prey fish.

Marcus and Anna are now riding their bicycles down the West Coast to spread the word about the plastic plague and explain what we can do to reverse the tide of pollution. Their presentation includes slides and actual samples of the “plastic soup” they found in the Pacific. If you missed their eye-opening presentation in Marin last October, West Coasters will soon have more opportunities to see them.

JunkRide will be coming through the Bay Area May 26 and 27 giving presentations in San Francisco and San Rafael. Here are the details on the two upcoming events:

Tuesday May 26, 7-9pm
Where: Environmental Classroom, Marin Recycling Center, 535 Jacoby St., San Rafael, 94901. (Wheelchair accessible)
Cost: FREE
Sponsors: Algalita Marine Resource Foundation; Green Sangha; Marin Sanitary Service; Sea Turtle Restoration Project
Info: Devi Peri (415) 458-5539

Wednesday, May 27, 6:30pm – 9:30pm
Where: Aquarium of the Bay – Pier 39, The Embarcadero & Beach St, San Francisco, CA
Email: bellflower@gmail.com
Host: SF Surfrider Foundation

Those who can’t make it to a presentation might be interested to follow Anna and Marcus via their blog here: http://junkraft.com/blog/ where you can also check out a short video of their first few weeks on the road.

And now, I’m going to hit the road. Oakland has all kinds of activities lined up for Bike-to-Work Day, including a pancake breakfast at City Hall. Will post photos tomorrow, assuming I can hang onto my camera this time!

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I've marked it in my calendar and I'm going to see Anna & Marcus in San Rafael on May 26th. Thanks for posting this.

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