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SyracuseFirst encourages participation in 'Bike to Work Day'

SyracuseFirst is asking Central New York residents to participate in “Bike to Work Day” on Friday, May 18. The goal of the nationwide event is to encourage fitness and fun while commuting to and from the workplace.

Communities across the country are celebrating the month of May as “Bike Month,” and SyracuseFirst is building momentum locally. Cycling as an alternative method is an effective way to save money or time, to preserve individual health or the environment, to explore the community and to get to and from a destination, according to the League of American Bicyclists.

According to the US Census Bureau’s 2010 American Community Survey, 1.1% of Syracusans commute via bicycle, the largest percentage among New York State cities (Buffalo, Albany, Rochester and New York City). However, municipalities such as Berkeley, Calif. (8.0% cycling commuters), Cambridge, Mass. (6.8%), and Boulder, Colo. (9.9%) give Syracuse a lofty benchmark to attain.

“Biking to work is a great way to have a positive impact on our wallets, our community health, and the environment,” said Chris Fowler, executive director of SyracuseFirst. “Switching from four wheels to two is a productive way to using pedal power for individual and collective good.”

SyracuseFirst is a nonprofit network of locally-owned independent businesses, organizations and individuals dedicated to building a vibrant local economy.

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