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Bike To Work Day: Thousands of cyclists hit the roads

10:55 PM, Jun 26, 2013   |    comments
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KUSA - Bike to Work Day is a strategic annual event designed to get people to try their bikes for transportation, serving as a catalyst for them to use this alternative on a consistent basis to reduce congestion and improve air quality.

Bike to Work Day represents a grassroots effort by cities, counties, transportation planners, community organizations and others across the state to educate commuters about the benefits of using two wheels to get to work.

Wednesday marked the 18th annual Bike To Work Day.

Why should you bike to work? There are many reasons, including: staying fit, reducing your carbon footprint, saving money, avoiding traffic delays, and starting your day energized, de-stressed and refreshed.

Here are some safe-riding tips:

* Always wear a helmet
* Always signal when riding on the road
* Be alert
* Make eye contact with drivers
* Leave room for right-turning vehicles when stopped at a red light
* Be visible! Wear bright colors during the day and white or reflective clothing at night
* Cross railroad tracks perpendicularly to prevent catching a wheel and falling
* Give an audible signal when you pass a pedestrian or someone traveling more slowly than you are, whether you are on the street or a path
* Respect and be considerate of other road, path and trail users
* Check with the city or county where you habitually ride about additional local biking ordinances

Most of the country celebrates Bike to Work Day in May, but due to Colorado's mountain communities and unpredictable weather, the state legislature declared June as Colorado Bike Month, with the fourth Wednesday of the month being Bike to Work Day.

If you want to order a T-shirt to commemorate your participation in Bike To Work Day, you can do so here: http://biketowork2013.org/participant/order-t-shirt.

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