A local organization is aiming to get 1,000 non-cyclists out of their cars next week to enjoy the health, cost and environmental benefits of riding their bicycles to work.
Mia Kohout, program director for Bike to Work Week, began cycling to work after attending the event three years ago.
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“I hadn’t ridden my bike since I was a kid,” she said. “I tried it again and I loved it. I knew other people would love it too if they tried it.”
Bike to Work Week begins Monday and includes incentives, like prizes, for people who take part. It aims to sign up 700 workplace teams, totalling about 7,000 people, including 1,000 people who have never biked to work.
Kohout said cycling improves health, saves money and doesn’t pollute, but said there are “perceived barriers” like time and weather.
Last year’s event drew roughly 500 teams, 3,500 participants and 900 new riders. It reduced carbon emissions by 33 tonnes, she said.
“Cycling is for everyone. ... You just need a bike in working condition and a helmet. And a lock.”