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'Bike to Work Week': Trimming Pollution and Waistlines, Fattening Wallets

May 14, 2007


It's "Bike to Work Week" and events are planned across New Mexico to encourage commuters to ditch the traffic, save a few bucks, get in shape and reduce greenhouse emissions, all with the turn of a pedal.

This week is the perfect time to start working off the pounds, and not just from your weight, but from your daily greenhouse gas emissions, too. Long-time bicycling advocate Ken Hughes says there are three great reasons to pedal rather than drive to the office.

“Biking to work is a great way to get in and keep in shape. It's also a great way to save money. And third, it's a carbon-free way to get to work because there are no greenhouse gases emitted from the bicycle.”

Hughes will lead a "Bike to Work Convoy" along the Santa Fe River on Friday, starting with breakfast and a rally at 7 a.m. at DeVargas Park in Santa Fe. Events are also planned for Farmington, Los Alamos, Las Cruces and around Albuquerque, where Rail Runner and Bike A-B-Q will host four breakfast stops with free bike maps and other goodies.

Hughes says he'd like to see more New Mexico cities become bicycle friendly.

“We want to encourage people to get out and bike by offering trails, by offering facilities for parking, for showers and for making more incentives like that available.”

On Friday in Albuquerque, city planners will be available at designated Rail Runner stops to talk to commuters about upcoming bike projects.

Event schedules and more information are online at nmshtd.state.nm.us/main.asp?secid=15680.

Eric Mack, Public News Service - NM