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Time to Bike to Work in WI

June 7, 2010

MADISON, Wis. - It's Bike to Work Week in Wisconsin, and advocates say pedal-power is a great way to save resources and get healthier. Communities across the state have events scheduled all week to focus on the benefits of leaving the car in the garage and biking to work instead.

Amanda White with the Bicycle Federation of Wisconsin says improved cycling infrastructure is important to increasing miles traveled by bicycle.

"The Bike Fed is working with a number of communities to write bike plans and to make sure there are plenty of safe biking opportunities for Wisconsinites throughout the state."

Bike to Work Week encourages people to reap the health, monetary and environmental benefits of biking and walking, White says. She points out that each bike mile that replaces a car mile means less dependence on oil, adding that the recent spill in the Gulf of Mexico has many people thinking about ways to cut oil use. White suggests biking to work is a great place to start.

The League of American Bicyclists recently designated Wisconsin as second only to Washington State, out of 50 states in the league's Bicycle Friendly State program, White says.

"I think on a national level, Wisconsin is one of the best states for biking."

The annual ranking of Bicycle Friendly States scores the 50 states on a 75-item questionnaire that evaluates a state's commitment to bicycling.

Glen Gardner, Public News Service - WI