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Bike to Work Week Extended

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If you thought you missed out on Bike to Work Week, you’ll be happy to know it’s been extended.  Ozark Greenways decided the designated week would go through May 27 due to rainfall during the original dates of May 16-20.

Bike to Work Week challenges residents to leave their car behind at least one day during the week to get to work or school, according to Ozark Greenways.  Commuters can ride bikes, take the bus, carpool, walk, telecommute or any combination.  You can register at ozarkgreenways.org.

Lori Tack, program coordinator with Ozark Greenways, says some of the goals of the week are to show Springfield residents the city’s various transportation options and to support continued expansion of the community greenway trail and bike route network. 

“Participation shows public support for Springfield’s greenways and bike routes, and that’s crucial to planning and fundraising,” Tack said. “And since we’re seeing more people on bikes around town, we need to educate each other about traffic laws–as both cyclists and motorists.”

City Utilities is offering free bus fare this week to participants traveling with their bike.

Participants who report their dates and modes of active transportation will receive a voucher for a free bagel or cookie and coffee from Panera Bread in Springfield, after Bike to Work Week is over.

Events related to Bike to Work Week include free bike commuting workshops to be offered once each month June through September. 

Dates are: 

·         Tues.-Thurs., June 21-23, 6-9 p.m.

·         Sat., July 16, 8 a.m.-6 p.m.

·         Tues.-Thurs., Aug. 9-11, 6-9 p.m.

·         Sat., Sept. 17, 8 a.m.-6 p.m.

Register for the workshops by calling David Hutchison at 864-1971.