North Carolina cities sponsor ‘Bike to Work’ week
The Greensboro, N.C., Urban Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) and other area government and advocacy groups are encouraging residents to use pedal-power for their commutes during Bike-to-Work Week from May 14 to 18. MPO and other event sponsors will hold movie nights, a Ride of Silence and other activities during the week to increase public awareness of the benefits of cycling.
Bike-to-Work Week is part of National Bike Month, which was started in 1956 by the Washington-based League of American Bicyclists. Along with reducing pollution, bicycle commuting decreases the nation’s dependence on fossil fuels, event sponsors say, and with gas prices near $3 a gallon, many people may be interested in an alternative to driving to work. Other cities, such as Auburn, Ala., and Anchorage, Alaska, are holding their own Bike-to-Work Weeks, while others have different bicycle-focused events planned.