Thursday, May 15, 2008

Cycling to the Office: Friday Is National Ride Your Bike To Work Day

Monday kicked off National Bike to Work Week and tomorrow concludes the week with National Ride Your Bike To Work Day. The event is sponsored locally by Bike Pittsburgh. The day encourages commuters to take a break from firing up their car engines, hop on their bikes and pedal to work instead. Executive Director of Bike Pittsburgh Scott Bricker says he hopes the day will convince more people to bike to work regularly. Bricker also says that participation is often weather dependant and that biking to work is a great way to save money with rising gas prices and protect the environment. Bike Pittsburgh offers a comprehensive bike route map on their website that displays the safest, most convenient bike routes the city has to offer. About 1 percent of Pittsburghers--twice the national average--bike to work.

Some things to remember if you're planning on riding your bike to work:
--take 15 minutes and perform a quick inspection of your bike if you haven't rode for a while
--wear a helmet
--dress for the weather
--bring a change of clothes for work
--plan your route ahead of time

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