Mayor Uses ZAP Electric Fleet Truck in Annual ‘Commuter Race’
WATSONVILLE — The Santa Cruz County Commuter Race was held during rush hour in Watsonville Monday, where three community members competed against each other on various forms of alternative transportation. Watsonville Mayor Luis Alejo, who drove a ZAP electric truck in the race, said that he was excited to see the different forms of alternative transportation in action.
Participants in the three-mile race were required to stop off at three Watsonville businesses to simulate running errands during Watsonville’s heavy 4 p.m. traffic. The Commuter Race began at the Nature Center behind Ramsay Park, amidst light rain showers, and wound through busy Watsonville streets, ending at the gazebo in the middle of the City Plaza. The event, staged by Ecology Action, a Santa Cruz nonprofit, helped kick off the 23rd annual Santa Cruz County Bike Week, which runs through Saturday.
“This is a great event,” Alejo said. “It’s a cost-friendly way to get around. It promotes exercise for locals. Here in Watsonville, we have a lot of bike-friendly roads. We’d like to see a lot more people using alternative forms of transportation in the future.”
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